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Karma : Indian point of view to western questions
 Surender Negi  
 18 March 2018  

Karma: Myth and Philosophical TheoryFew days ago, I read an article on Karma. I have enjoyed that Article. It is very rare when you get chance to read an article which force you to bend your mind for thinking beyond the boundaries of your bubble of thoughts. I would like to request with reader that if they want they can visit my friend website. He writes about various topics and ideas which are energetic and great.His Article raised many question about the concept of karma. I replied him in his comment box but that was short and unorganized reply. So, I thought that it should be create as blog where I would be able to explain my point more efficiently. There is five major question raised in that article. These questions are related to law of karma, implication and evidence of existence.The first question is about if there is some kind of karma (good and bad), than who will decide that what is good karma? According to whom it will indicate that Karma is good or bad?Before exploring this answer, we must understand that in western dictionary, karma is considered as Consequence of our action. But in Indian philosophy, the definition of karma is slightly different. Karma is not confined to mere consequence of an individual action or action of a society. The word "Karma" is defined as consequence of an individual action within fold of adharma and dharma. Here, Dharma is the natural properties define by Nature to an object and adharma is resistive nature towards someone natural properties. For example, Water has properties to cool material object and Fire can burn objects. These properties of fire and water have predetermine consequence by nature. This is how nature has been constructed and natural consequence is mechanically knot with infinite causality with others. So, human natural properties has been define into three nature- Good (Sattav), Bad (Tamas) and Gray (Rajas). No human can be extreme good or bad.In various ratios, our natural properties have been construct which is direct or indirect result of our location and the era we born.So, Karma is consequence of our action which is result of what we do against or in favour of our swadharma (A term defined for individual dharma because people have various properties). It is not plain consequence of our action.[caption id="attachment_8979" align="aligncenter" width="321"] Endless Knot of karma[/caption]Now, Question arise what is good karma and what is bad karma?As a man himself sows, so he himself reaps; no man inherits the good or evil act of another man. The fruit is of the same quality as the action.— Mahabharata, xii.291.2This verse of mahabharata explain an outline of Good and bad karma. Human life is mirror of his own action. Definition of Good karma is comes from your own perception about world. If a person want to be wealthy, he must do action which not hurt someone else financially. If a person want to be love by everyone, he must be kind to others. There is no God words and holy direction to achieve good karma. There is only one dharmic rule."Do the same action which you expect from others."So,good and bad karma according to whom? This can be answer with this dharmic rule that "according to you". According to our understanding of good and bad karma.Irrespective of this dharmic rule for karma, Human is social animal. In this world we are so strongly interlinked that sometime it is hard for us to even understand that what went wrong within our society. In that situation, Hindu philosophy introduces the concept of Guru or swami. a person who studied the society and spread word against any action or karma which is not in line with current need of society. They are like ancient social reformer. Because eastern religion, especially Hinduism has decentralised religious structure, so it is very hard to challenge any change proposed by Guru and swami.But the negative side of this decentralise religious structure is that it take long time for social reform.The second question raised by article is that the idea of karma concerns free will. The dividing line between what is free action and what is not free action is unclear. Accusation has that Indian school of thought says there is moral consequence to freely undertaken actions. This idea is really thought provoking that weather karma conflict with free will of human. But the bigger question is that do we have really a free will? Let's understand with an example.I was habitual drinker of Coca cola in my young age. Whenever I got chance to drink a cold drink, I always ordered to shopkeeper for coca cola. That was spontaneous to me because my brain was habitual for that. This thing happens with many people for various habits. Some people prefer orange juice over other fruit juice. Some people always prefer apple over other fruits. So, our action or we can say, our choice is construction and pattern of our habits, our patterns. Our will (which is spontaneous) has been drive through such repeated information in our sub conscious mind. Do we have free will? or it's just mechanical outcome of our sub consciousness[/caption] Sure!! We are conscious human being and when it comes to choose different action from our habits we chose with a will we think are free. But the question is that really an action depends on our free will.I think partially its depend on our free will but mostly it is depend on how we look that action or will. Our conscious brain always calculates the risk and tracks all information about that action before executing. Any bitter experience and memory can put that action on hold. But at final stage, it is required other natural properties like ratio of taking risk, our passion for that action (if it attach to a passion) or our current physical and financial condition.We simply do not wish and start implementing. It is complex.Well, now there is concern that some ideas are result of outside moral force which has power of judgement and of inflicting repercussions. As we understand that free will is almost result of our understanding about world and the natural properties which we inherit. So, any action which we do within social framework has social implication. Every society has primitive understanding of world. This infinite net of primitive understanding of world and our collective experience from past is reflect in our current culture, social norms, social ideologies and rituals. Primitive understanding of natural phenomenon has created social ideas.it has no direct relationship to do with original philosophy.These social ideas are rigid and the power of judgement to any different idea comes from these social rigid ideologies and experience. The moral implication has no direct link with original philosophy but social peer pressure which follows the law of social majoritarianism.Yes, there is moral consequence of free will. But this consequence is not result of conflict with karmic theory but these moral consequences are result of contradiction with social framework which based on rigid idea. This rigid idea is result of collective social experience and understanding. These ideas have been promote and protect by religious institute in western religion while in Hinduism there is no protection for such rigid ideas. But as stated, due to decentralize system of religious knowledge such idea still exist in various shape and form in Indian society. I do not think that there is any contradiction and parallel fight with karma and free will here. I often observed that western scholars approach to Indian philosophy with western social theories and analytical tools. For understanding of Indian core belief and philosophy. They should understand that Indian society, Indian point of view and Indian philosophy cannot be analyse with the social theories which is developed for western societies.There was another concern that whether in Indian philosophy there any clear distinction between free will and what is not free?I have to agree with this question that there is no clear distinction because we have failed to defined free will. Whether or not humans have free will is a question that philosophers have debated for centuries, and they will likely continue to do so. Psychology can provide some insights into how free will—or at least a belief in its existence—might work, but beyond that, we likely cannot verify or invalidate its existence.There is third problem was with theory of karma which said "if you do good karma, the consequence will be good. A bad karma result bad consequence".I think this the toughest question to answer. writer says in that article"It is hard to see how some kind of natural karmic law could understand good and bad which are subjective to moral ideas that depend on the perspective of a personal agent, whether that person be a human being or God."First mistake which I found that this is utterly misunderstood concept that the karmic laws is idea based on a perspective of a person or God. The theory of karma is result of long time observation by many sages and their early understanding about people various condition. Second thing which is being conveyed by Indian philosophy that Nature itself an automatic mechanism, Humans are just part of this large mechanism. Universe is materialistic result of this natural mechanism.[caption id="attachment_media-66" align="alignnone" width="3840"] Dalai Lama on Theory of kamra[/caption]Human lives within universe, so any small human action result effect on nature.  The question is that whether law of karma has any empirical evidence or not? I am doubtful that these evidence is like mystical experience. I have few experiencing evidence and many millions people have few but it is not as applicable for all others who haven't experience it. All natural laws like karma (Dharmic action), Dharma (Righteous way of life) , Gyana  (self-Enlightenment) & Maya (Materialistic illusion) is very personal in nature. In physical world, a scientist spend his all life and invent something which can be used by every other being which is not involve into the studies of that invention. While In Laws of nature, Only a person can experience the natural power, self-enlightenment , materialistic illusion when he do his part of tapas (natural enlightenment).The question rises how we can achieve that enlightenment. Many suggest Yoga, wondering within nature, social works, spending time with Gurus and Swami. But I find it partial practices. The real enlightenment can be attend by Four methods explain in Bhagwat Gita.Karma yoga (a life with righteous action)Gyan yoga (A life which spend to studies nature and natural activities)Bhakti yoga (a life which involve deep devotion for anyone, your life partner, kids, any kind of God, communities)Raja Yoga (A life which is indulged into your profession which you do)Hinduism makes sure that everyone attends Moksha at last. We can have very different blog about this topic.Well, Karma is myth or not is very different question. I think, I am unable to answer that question in this blog. But I would like to have a short note over this. Writer wrote that"If God decides for that to happen on any particular occasion. There are no absolute laws of cause and effect outside the will of god".I would disagree with this statement for two reasons.First reason is that in all Hinduism scripture it stated that god and avatar (incarnation of god on earth) can have consequence (bad) of their moral actions (which was suitable for that different era). Let's take example from the Indian epics of India "Ramayana" and "Mahabharata"In Ramayana, Ram had friendship with sugreev ( a exiled monkey king). His brother bali (another powerful monkey king) had stolen the kingdom and sugreev wife from him. So he decided to take help of Lord Rama. But Bali had a boon that anyone who comes in front of him loose his half power to him. So Rama decided to kill him by hidden passage of trees. But when Lord ram, reincarnated as lord Krishana than Bali killed Krishana. Bali had taken rebirth as archer on era of Mahabharat. Lord Ram had been to face consequence of his action in another birth.Second reason thatO son of Prtha, there is no Karma prescribed for me within all the three planetary systems. Nor am I in want of anything, nor have I need to obtain anything—and yet I am engaged in karma. Chapter 3, Verse 22 .Here Lord Krishana describes how he is also bounded with laws of karma. These two example clearly describe that even god is bounded to these laws of nature. Natural laws are most powerful and govern universe.#smblogcontest

Sanatana Dharma :Raise and Reason of Atheism
 Surender Negi  
 18 March 2018  

“Atheist” means rejecting the faith of God creation and its existence. There is thousand logic has been put before theist like “If God exist why we can not see it?”, “If God is exist then why can not we prove his existence by scientific evidence?” “If god exist, why can not god control and help during natural disaster?” “If God exist, why this whole world is suffer from disease, poverty, torture?” Many consider that God is reason for fight and war. Some says, following path of Dharma and God is addiction. Some say be dharmic is primitive act.But what is reality? what is reality about existence of God?  what atheist think is right?The Reason for Being AtheistThe concluded point by me that why people chose to be atheist:People ignorance towards the concept of God, Character, Concept of Karma and Natural law.In Name of religion, a narrow mindset which has been developed in last 2000 yrs with superstitious.Being egoistic and ignorant after having 700- 500 years progress of material or objective science.After seeing riots and fights in name of religion.War and Riots due to ReligionIn name of God atrocities, promoting illogical customs, forcing people to miracle, fixing god in places like temple, mosque, church etc., telling people that he lives in seven floors of sky, being Godmen and calling himself manifestation of God, adoption of multi-god, framing god to infinity to finite idols can force a neutral person that whether God really exists or not. or God is just an imagination of human being. for example, in Hindu society, stopping shudras to enter into the temple, if someone enters then punish them and acting to a pure temple. this all dangerous drama in name of God actually comes from human greed to power and position. the real reason behind this human desired to control things in society it has no relation to the existence of God. God itself many places declare that God is justice, charity, and humiliation, he doesn’t discriminate humans in any form. God by nature is omnipresent and without shape then why need to search them in temple, kailash, above seven sky etc. This is evidence that humanity has constructed a frame for God because they were ignorant towards the infinite concept of God. Then some human added to this with prophet, avatar, religious Guru etc. if a human can understand that God is within him as a manifestation of the divine. he does not need to do anything else except having dharma.Is religion increase superstitious?  In Name of God, people have spread more and more social evil for being in power, for highlighting themselves. No matter which religion it is, whether it is temple priest who forced to shudra out of temple or religious leader who instigate mugals to do everything inhuman to other faiths in name of religion. or may it's the pope who orders to burn people in name of the church in early centuries. Suppose, if this middleman would vanish all these atrocities wouldn’t happen. But the truth was that this problem of middlemen was not solved by early social reformer but they started to gang up against the religion not priest who dictated these authorities in name of God. These people increase volume against a philosophy not for the people who manipulate this philosophy. a common person who has used this philosophy to distinguish himself from social evil, now this gap between good and bad or right and wrong being narrowed by liberals in name of social reform. This leads to the throwing of moral values and the world almost getting agitated in even good point of theist.The biggest reason also superstition for atheism. The general public is fully blind by superstition in name of religion while atheist blame God for this behavior. Reality is that God gives enlighten of knowledge while superstitious religious customs are originated by Humans. Religious Godmen used this tricks for their living, position, and fame. Many Hindu saints who are not even aware of Sanskrit is now being the controller of dharma. Some give Guru Mantra, some said mugged my name every day, some give tabeez and few said be nonmaterialistic to be enlightened. Some become such blind and inhuman that kill another child for their own child wish. The irony is that intellectuals used this chance to spread atheism while the real reason for human lust and control in name of religion. they give reference to scientific evidence for that but forget that most superstition is men made. hence, can not be proven scientifically.Believing in Miracle is the root cause of superstition. Theist believes in prophet miracles, Jesus miracles of resurrection and water turned into wine. while Hindu Godmen running their shop by showing using miracle describe in Puranas that God can do everything. (Puranas are stories which were used for delivering Veda’s knowledge in form of stories, but with time its become part of truth in Indian consciousness- Ramayana and Mahabharata is the only History mentioned in Hindu scripture).Swami Dayanand has given a great example for this if God can do everything, then can he kill himself or can he create the god like him. The answer is NO. Then its clear God cannot do everything. The answer to this question is that: Some work has been done by God like creation, destruction, human death and life and controlling the wheel of karma. God doesn’t need anyone for these works. Theist should ask atheist whether you believe that universe is regular or irregular? The miracle is disrespect of natural law under regular condition. In real miracle is human imagination which he used in name of god for blackmailing innocent people to stay in power and higher post.Another reason for rising of theism in ego on scientific studies. Propagator of atheism has been egoistic on scientific development and they started to think that they are the highest power in this universe. Example before Newton, there was the Gravitational force, but the human was unaware of that fact. But human developed their capabilities to understand it by developing calculus this process known as discovery. The reality is that al discoveries were there before human origin only human framed it his own measurement for understanding purpose. while knowledge of the universe is infinite and the real known to that knowledge is nature itself. Newton itself written his thought about that.“I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”Relationship of Dharma and ScienceThe question is that what is the relation between science and dharma. cause atheist thinks that they are born enemy to each other.  This ideology of atheism is transported and grown when European church was forcing humans to believe in biblical believe and anyone who confronts the challenge of biblical belief was killed by the church. Ex. Galileo killed because he challenges the church idea about the center of the universe. church punish him and many scientists. These atrocities turn into resistance and people of early Europe and now whole west considers that church is enemy of scientific knowledge. The crime had been done by officials of the church but blame moved to God and this is going on from last many decades that people who embrace atheism follow the blindly European idea of atheism without understanding that biblical and dharma were fundamentally different in nature.Now the question is remain same what is the difference between Science and dharma.Dharma and Science are not against each other but they are allies to each other.Science answer how this world is formed, dharma say why the world has been made. Science as saying how human born but dharma says why human born.Answering the philosophical question and religious thrust is not possible by science but that can be answered by Dharma. Hence Science and Dharma is the partner which can be described by words of Albert Einstein.“Science without religion is a lame and religion without science is blind.”This also asked by many atheists that if God exists then it should be proven by scientific methods. But the answer is that Mind, Intellect, Happiness, sadness, sorrow, summer, coldness, space all are without the size and can not be traced to human sense. Nationalism, Love, Lust is also similar in categories. But atheist believes in such things but reject God, This really questions their character of being neutral to things they believed. reality is that, cannot prove God is not mistaken of God but the inability of science. while in an ancient age which we called “Rishi” those were the ancient scientist has been discovered the truth of God by mediation and Yoga.Considering Riots and war is an act of god and responsible by God is foolishness. This is already clear that riots or war is the result of Human misunderstanding and race of supremacy within religions.  Example, the riots reason between Hindus and Muslims in 1947 was when Muslim objects Hindus that they can not do their festival in front of the mosque.  But the question is that if someone really doing worship of God how can a single noise disturbed him. That time Muslims made this is a reason of fight because of tension over Pakistan and Hindustan. All middlemen have given religious air to instigate the fire of riots that time.All the violence in name of religion is not related to God but human understanding of God, their thrust for power, gain , position. All the war is done under a narrow minded ideology while God has nothing to that ideology.For Original Blog Visit  Sanatana Dharma: Raise and Reason of Atheism (Series # 04)#smblogcontest

Book Review: For A Girl In A Star By Ratna Chandu
 Ayushi A Nair  
 13 June 2018  

For A Girl In A Star is written by Ratna Chandu.Book Title: For A Girl In A StarAuthor: Ratna ChanduFormat: Paper BackTotal Number of Pages: 224Language: EnglishPublisher: Srishti Publishers & DistributorsPublishing Date: 10 February 2018ISBN-10: 9387022153ISBN-13: 978-9387022157What do you do when your best friend – the one person who has stood byyou through thick and thin, knows you better than you know yourself, andliterally saved your life – falls in love with the same girl as you?Avinash and Sahas, two village boys, arrive in Bangalore in search of art andin pursuit of ambition. Sahas, hardworking and nervous, antonym to hisfriend, has emerged from a troubled past only to find that his future doesn’tcome without encumbrances. Their friendship is the one constant in thetwo boys’ lives, but that is tested when they each meet Aarti – a mysterious,compassionate, beautiful girl who captures both their imaginations andsets their hearts aflame.Will their passion for the same girl, and an untimely tragedy, sunder the twofriends forever?A compelling tale with twists and turns reminiscent of India’s melodramaticfilms, For a Girl in a Star deals with the age–old staples of young love, heartbreak, and what it means to be a true friend.Starting from the cover is eye catching. It’s not only the design work but also the substance of the Story as well. Just look at the design, there is a couple and a guy which is going away from the couple. The view is simply amazing. The title of the novel is thoughtful, and completely justifying the story. They complement each other well and also is according to the story, so it’s a perfect combination.The story revolves on love triangle with the lives main protagonist Avinash (Avi), Sahas and Aarti. Avi & Sahas, both belonged to the same village Agumbe. Since their early childhood, they were the best buddies of each other and the depth of their friendship was beyond of any imagination. Since the time Avi saved Sahas’s life from drowning in his childhood, Sahas devoted his unconditional friendship to him and soon with time, their bond became inseparable. Aarti was a girl, full of life, with a caring and sensible heart, mature thoughts and kind nature. Her beauty of heart got reflected in her outer appearance also.Aarti and Sahas are in the same college. With continuous interactions, and close encounters, even a shy personality like Sahas also had fallen head over hills for Aarti, but due to lack of courage, he could not get the chance to express his true feelings in front of Aarti. Aarti considered Sahas as a very good & genuine close friend, but she was unaware completely about the feelings of Sahas for her.Sleep felt like a faraway dream since he meet her…Destiny made Avi too crossed his path with Aarti suddenly in an awkward situation, and soon after the first sight, Avi noticed the actually inner beauty of that Aarti possessed and curiosity stuck him. Not one time, but frequently, and after a point, Avi got the chance to interact with Aarti directly. Though their initial interactions was one sided, but soon, after realizing the talent of Avi, and seeing the mesmerizing art of Avi, and his inner simplicity of heart, she started to admire him. With time, they got very close to each other and love blossomed inside the heart of both of them. Even their love for each other made them to take a step further.It is the destiny which turns out to be so cruel that it brings so much misunderstanding in the life of two childhood friends who fall in love with the same girl. It happens in movies that two boys of different worlds find one girl and fall in love with. Talk about coincidence but it happens with these childhood friends. And of course, this love-triangle drives a wedge between them. The story revolves around their struggles and the way they cope up with grief and situations.The story makes you smile in the first half and leaves you sobbing in the second half, the story is narrated in such a manner that everything you read can be visualized.Life sometimes throws you encounters only to leave you indelible memoriesLanguage is simple and lucid to read and connect with the story and being engaged throughout the story.  Characters are also clearly justified to their respective roles and all of the characters mentioned in the book have been portrayed in such a way, that any reader will be able to connect with the characters effortlessly and live the journey with them. It’s a combination of emotions, revenge, friendship, realization, redemption, love, true love, pain, joy, happiness, laughter, family, fate & many other elements infused together. However, the editing errors including spelling and grammatical errors are numerous.  I had learned the true meaning of friendship from the book.Recommended to all bibliophiles.Overall 5/5 StarsAbout the AuthorRatna Chandu was born and brought up in Hyderabad and did her engineering in mechanical. Having worked as a Personality Development Trainer for four years, she gave up her job to be a full-time writer. She’s a voracious reader, an artist and a yoga freak. When she isn’t reading or writing, she tries her hand at varied culinary, the activity that helps her unwind and works as a therapy. Currently, she’s residing in Pune with her husband and son.

Interview With Revathi Raj Iyer
 Ayushi A Nair  
 21 June 2018  

Revathi Raj Iyer is a freelance writer, book reviewer, company director, service volunteer and yoga/fitness enthusiast. Professionally qualified as Company Secretary (India & New Zealand) with legal background, she has worked in the corporate field for over a decade. Bombay is her hometown and Baroda her abode after marriage. When she moved to Fiji Islands, she bid adieu to a rewarding career with a multinational to become a full time mum and pursue her twin passions, yoga and writing. She worked as lecturer of Laws at the University of Fiji. Living between NZ and Fiji, she pursued writing and yoga training and continues her passion after moving to India. She lives in Ahmedabad, India and has completed her next book which is a collection of short stories. Her dream is to write books for children.A couple of easy questions to begin with…First off,  What inspired you to write “My Friendship with Yoga”?Physical activity was dominant in my life right from an early age, as a trained classical dancer, which continued until my late twenties. Thereafter it took a back seat, when I became engrossed with my career together with being hands-on mum to a lovely little daughter alongside other demands that needed my attention. However, things changed when we moved to Fiji Islands, and I got back into fitness with intense aerobics and strength training. As destiny would have it, a disciple of Yogacharya BKS Iyengar was deputed to Fiji to introduce this ancient tradition to the people of Fiji. Yoga was at my door step and I embraced it with heartfelt love. I started writing my yoga journal. One fine day, I decided to give a formal structure to my jottings to reach out to a wider audience. As I wrote the book I had no idea of the publishing process, but I was focussed on my goal. “My Friendship with Yoga” thus took shape and was launched on the 10th January, 2017 at the New Delhi World Book Fair. Thanks to Lifi Publications for making this happen!How do you see writing, as a hobby or a passion?I find writing very therapeutic and it also makes me happy. It is passion that drives me to enter that lonely space, which I beautify with words, plot and characters to create a story.Is yoga a way of life or a way to exercise and meditateYoga and meditation are a way of life for a holistic and healthy lifestyle. It is not instant therapy or about perfecting the postures. It is much more than that.  One has to go through a process of learning – patiently and persistently; and observe the changes it brings about in oneself.Please tell us some more about your debut novel?“My Friendship with Yoga” is about my progression from learning under an instructor to achieving confidence in self-practice and sharing my varied experiences with readers. I have presented the complicated aspects of yoga in a lucid style with practical hints so as to cater book lovers of all age groups and skill levels. The book is divided into three parts:Narrative which combines the physical, psychological and spiritual aspects of yoga, wherein a selection of topics along with interesting anecdotes have been coveredThe 2nd Part has more than 80 postures with steps to attain these, guidelines, tips, techniques and benefits; keeping in mind yoga enthusiasts, beginners as well as those who have been practising yoga.The 3rd Part consists of the much desired weekly practice schedule written sequentially with clear instructions to enhance one’s practice.What has yoga done for you as a person?Yoga has helped me to deal with a given situation in a pragmatic and dispassionate manner. It has enabled me to let go of the past and negative emotions, be more positive and result-oriented and direct my energies towards my creative pursuit and other commitments. Yoga has certainly helped in making me acknowledge and appreciate the choices I have made so far, and offered me a healthier and more content lifestyle.What sort of research did you do to write this book?I have been reading books on yoga, but “My Friendship with Yoga,” is the outcome of my entire learning process, from the disciple of BKS Iyengar and instructors from the West. My effort was to present the complicated aspects of yoga in simple language that would appeal to readers of all age groups and skill levels. Yoga is not about perfection as different bodies react in a certain way to a certain posture. To that end, my thought process kept evolving during the entire course of my writing. I made several drafts until I was fully satisfied that I had done justice to my work. For each and every asana which has been illustrated in the book, I consciously performed them and wrote down the steps. Every single breath, every movement, position, the sequence had to be accurate.How did you come up with the title of the book “My Friendship with yoga”?It came straight from the heart; in fact I did not falter or ponder over the title. I began writing this book with its title in place. The title was a reminder to simplify yoga and it guided me in writing a user and reader friendly book, which has been appreciated by the reviewers and readers. Fortunately, my publishers were also happy with the title and did not suggest any changes.Besides writing, what else do you do in your free time?Besides writing and reading books; I practice yoga, support my publisher in the promotion of my book, review books for Muse India, handle professional commitment as Director of a company, travel and spend time with my family. I love to bake and cook, and feel delighted when the outcome exceeds my expectations Do you recall the first ever book/novel you read?I don’t recall the title of the first book, but I started off with the Enid Blyton series, followed by Agatha Christie.Were your parents reading enthusiasts who gave you a push to be a reader as a kid?My mum read a lot and I would accompany her to the local lending library. She was not pushy but I gradually picked up the habit and enjoyed those evening walks to the library after school, with my best friend. She will get nostalgic when she reads this!What are your top three favorite books of all time?It is hard to pick just 3, as I have so many favorites. Hmmm….. The Little Prince, Kite Runner, Reluctant Fundamentalist, Namesake…As a new author, what is your favorite part of the writing/ publishing process? Least favorite.My favorite part is the writing itself and working hand-in-glove with the publishers; the book launch being the icing on the cake. My least favorite part is to face rejections without knowing the reason for it, after waiting for months to hear from publishers.What is the main thing you want readers to take away from your book?To understand the pure essence and simplicity of yoga, without feeling intimidated or inadequateAs mentioned in the book, “Yoga is not about perfection. It is a very enjoyable bonding with our body and mind that teaches us to be resilient and patient.”I would like you to share something about yourself with the readers. Something that does not go in the about the author section something that is the real you?I dream a lot and wish that all my dreams came true, hahaha…And finally, A message for aspiring writers?“Rejections are a part of the whole process of being ultimately accepted and acknowledged, as a writer. Please do not give up, no matter what, and pursue your passion, despite the road blocks. Think of the book lovers and connect with them. Write for them and the passion will always be with you.”Thank you. It was really a privilege interviewing you. Hope you enjoyed the interview. Links to buy the book- Amazon.in Amazon.com FlipkartWrite to her at chirminey@gmail.com

Interview With Revathi Raj Iyer
 Ayushi A Nair  
 21 June 2018  

Revathi Raj Iyer is a freelance writer, book reviewer, company director, service volunteer and yoga/fitness enthusiast. Professionally qualified as Company Secretary (India & New Zealand) with legal background, she has worked in the corporate field for over a decade. Bombay is her hometown and Baroda her abode after marriage. When she moved to Fiji Islands, she bid adieu to a rewarding career with a multinational to become a full time mum and pursue her twin passions, yoga and writing. She worked as lecturer of Laws at the University of Fiji. Living between NZ and Fiji, she pursued writing and yoga training and continues her passion after moving to India. She lives in Ahmedabad, India and has completed her next book which is a collection of short stories. Her dream is to write books for children.A couple of easy questions to begin with…First off,  What inspired you to write “My Friendship with Yoga”?Physical activity was dominant in my life right from an early age, as a trained classical dancer, which continued until my late twenties. Thereafter it took a back seat, when I became engrossed with my career together with being hands-on mum to a lovely little daughter alongside other demands that needed my attention. However, things changed when we moved to Fiji Islands, and I got back into fitness with intense aerobics and strength training. As destiny would have it, a disciple of Yogacharya BKS Iyengar was deputed to Fiji to introduce this ancient tradition to the people of Fiji. Yoga was at my door step and I embraced it with heartfelt love. I started writing my yoga journal. One fine day, I decided to give a formal structure to my jottings to reach out to a wider audience. As I wrote the book I had no idea of the publishing process, but I was focussed on my goal. “My Friendship with Yoga” thus took shape and was launched on the 10th January, 2017 at the New Delhi World Book Fair. Thanks to Lifi Publications for making this happen!How do you see writing, as a hobby or a passion?I find writing very therapeutic and it also makes me happy. It is passion that drives me to enter that lonely space, which I beautify with words, plot and characters to create a story.Is yoga a way of life or a way to exercise and meditateYoga and meditation are a way of life for a holistic and healthy lifestyle. It is not instant therapy or about perfecting the postures. It is much more than that.  One has to go through a process of learning – patiently and persistently; and observe the changes it brings about in oneself.Please tell us some more about your debut novel?“My Friendship with Yoga” is about my progression from learning under an instructor to achieving confidence in self-practice and sharing my varied experiences with readers. I have presented the complicated aspects of yoga in a lucid style with practical hints so as to cater book lovers of all age groups and skill levels. The book is divided into three parts:Narrative which combines the physical, psychological and spiritual aspects of yoga, wherein a selection of topics along with interesting anecdotes have been coveredThe 2nd Part has more than 80 postures with steps to attain these, guidelines, tips, techniques and benefits; keeping in mind yoga enthusiasts, beginners as well as those who have been practising yoga.The 3rd Part consists of the much desired weekly practice schedule written sequentially with clear instructions to enhance one’s practice.What has yoga done for you as a person?Yoga has helped me to deal with a given situation in a pragmatic and dispassionate manner. It has enabled me to let go of the past and negative emotions, be more positive and result-oriented and direct my energies towards my creative pursuit and other commitments. Yoga has certainly helped in making me acknowledge and appreciate the choices I have made so far, and offered me a healthier and more content lifestyle.What sort of research did you do to write this book?I have been reading books on yoga, but “My Friendship with Yoga,” is the outcome of my entire learning process, from the disciple of BKS Iyengar and instructors from the West. My effort was to present the complicated aspects of yoga in simple language that would appeal to readers of all age groups and skill levels. Yoga is not about perfection as different bodies react in a certain way to a certain posture. To that end, my thought process kept evolving during the entire course of my writing. I made several drafts until I was fully satisfied that I had done justice to my work. For each and every asana which has been illustrated in the book, I consciously performed them and wrote down the steps. Every single breath, every movement, position, the sequence had to be accurate.How did you come up with the title of the book “My Friendship with yoga”?It came straight from the heart; in fact I did not falter or ponder over the title. I began writing this book with its title in place. The title was a reminder to simplify yoga and it guided me in writing a user and reader friendly book, which has been appreciated by the reviewers and readers. Fortunately, my publishers were also happy with the title and did not suggest any changes.Besides writing, what else do you do in your free time?Besides writing and reading books; I practice yoga, support my publisher in the promotion of my book, review books for Muse India, handle professional commitment as Director of a company, travel and spend time with my family. I love to bake and cook, and feel delighted when the outcome exceeds my expectations Do you recall the first ever book/novel you read?I don’t recall the title of the first book, but I started off with the Enid Blyton series, followed by Agatha Christie.Were your parents reading enthusiasts who gave you a push to be a reader as a kid?My mum read a lot and I would accompany her to the local lending library. She was not pushy but I gradually picked up the habit and enjoyed those evening walks to the library after school, with my best friend. She will get nostalgic when she reads this!What are your top three favorite books of all time?It is hard to pick just 3, as I have so many favorites. Hmmm….. The Little Prince, Kite Runner, Reluctant Fundamentalist, Namesake…As a new author, what is your favorite part of the writing/ publishing process? Least favorite.My favorite part is the writing itself and working hand-in-glove with the publishers; the book launch being the icing on the cake. My least favorite part is to face rejections without knowing the reason for it, after waiting for months to hear from publishers.What is the main thing you want readers to take away from your book?To understand the pure essence and simplicity of yoga, without feeling intimidated or inadequateAs mentioned in the book, “Yoga is not about perfection. It is a very enjoyable bonding with our body and mind that teaches us to be resilient and patient.”I would like you to share something about yourself with the readers. Something that does not go in the about the author section something that is the real you?I dream a lot and wish that all my dreams came true, hahaha…And finally, A message for aspiring writers?“Rejections are a part of the whole process of being ultimately accepted and acknowledged, as a writer. Please do not give up, no matter what, and pursue your passion, despite the road blocks. Think of the book lovers and connect with them. Write for them and the passion will always be with you.”Thank you. It was really a privilege interviewing you. Hope you enjoyed the interview. Links to buy the book- Amazon.in Amazon.com FlipkartWrite to her at chirminey@gmail.com

YOGA INSTRUCTOR
 Preeti Tal  
 30 July 2018  

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Book Review: A Turbulent Tale of Love by Shalu Thakur Dhillon
 Ayushi A Nair  
 1 September 2018  

Book Title:A Turbulent Tale of LoveAuthor: Shalu Thakur DhilonFormat: Paper BackTotal Number of Pages: 236Language: English Publisher: Invincible PublishersPublishing Date:  22 June 2018ISBN-10: 9387328775ISBN-13: 978-9387328778Life is a journey full of storms and turbulences. Love is the boat that two people can share and sail through the storm together. Preview Nihal, a pilot by profession, is used to turbulences in his day to day life. One incident.. And his personal life was sturm und drang. Rabani, an independent yet simple girl, whom he meets by a twist of fate, brings peace and harmony to Nihal’s tempestuous life. But what about the unrest that engulfs Rabani’s life? Does Nihal figure out what he actually wants from life? For Prof Nirmal, the heart has no wrinkles and love is all about accepting your loved ones the way they are. How does he manage to pull Neena, his wife, out of her pain and sorrow? Neil and Nihal are two friends who can understand even the unspoken things between them. What happens when the unrest in Nihal and Rabani’s life storms their friendship too? Does the turbulence settle finally? Does their journey have a happy landing?My TakeStarting from the cover is beautiful and apt according to the plot. The title A Turbulent Tale Of Love is captivating and intelligible that the book is a love story. The book is a bag of emotion, love, friendship, mystery, laugh, heartbreak, father and son bonding, faith, fear, nightmares, hate and family values.The story revolves around main protagonist Nihal, Rabani, Mannat, Neel ,Prof. Nirmal  and peoples around them. Nihal is a pilot by profession, who was having sleepless nights of his sister taking away his parents far away from him, falls in love with Rabani at first sight. Nihal’s best friend Neil gets engaged to Mannat who was none other than Rabani’s Sister but woefully Mannat has had a bad image about Nihal since she studied with him.The book have been portrayed in such a way, that any reader will be able to connect with the story and live the journey with them. The every scene is so well written than you can actually get images of them in your mind. Language is simple and lucid to read and connect with the story and being engaged throughout the story. The story flows like a movie and takes the reader on a journey of true love. The story is fast paced and predictable.The author has clearly crafted the Punjabi family and family bonding which are rare to find nowadays. The friendship between Neil and Nishal is also strong. The author has portrayed each and every character with utmost significance of their own and every one of them has done justice to their respective roles throughout the story. The characters are well developed and one can easily relate them.I recommend this book to the readers who are seeking for a quick read or a light-hearted romantic novel.Overall Ratings 4/5 StarsGrab the copy here- Amazon.in |Amazon.com|Amazon.co.ukAbout the AuthorShalu Thakur Dhillon was born in Patiala, India. She holds post graduation degrees in Mathematics and Education. Before taking up writing as a serious business she had been into teaching for many years.Wedded to an olive green got her the opportunity to live in various parts of India. Currently she lives in Goa with her husband and two sons.She loves reading, music, travelling and yoga.To know more about her visit her Facebook PageYou can mail her at thestoryteller918@gmail.com

How to Choose the Perfect Nepal Trekking Tour?
 Manmohan Singh  
 26 April 2019  
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Nepal is a beautiful country in the lap of the Himalayas. It is a multicultural nation with a rich yogic and spiritual heritage. One of the friendliest places to be in for traveling, Nepal has always been the favorite of travelers from all across the globe. The Himalayan nation is known for its dharmic society that welcomes everybody with both arms open. Since, Nepal is located in the Himalayan region there is a huge tourism potential. Over the last couple of decades, the population of globetrotters has increased enormously, showing the importance of the country as a traveling destination. Most of the people come to Nepal either for trekking and/or for Yoga.Amid all these, one needs to be wise enough while choosing the tour agency, especially when you’re coming for trekking. There are more than 1000 trekking tour companies in Nepal enticing trekkers with different offers. In order to help you choose the best Nepal trekking tours, we have come up with certain points to consider while making your selection.Credibility and licenseThe first and foremost thing to check is whether the tour agency is registered with the local government or not. It is the best way to know the credibility of the tour operator. You should be very smart to spot out many unlicensed tour companies operating in Nepal. You can find a number of local tour operators after landing in Nepal. It is recommended to people from other countries to opt for a travel company having a proper website and registration. Explore the websites of some tour agencies to know whether their claim of being registered with the government is correct or not.Facilities it offersWhat facilities they are providing is a major factor affecting your decision of choosing a tour & travel company. You should always consider the facilities while comparing the price. If you are an online person, check out the websites of many operators to go for the best price and advantages. Although the price may vary, do not compromise with facilities. Check out the complete details of the package and ask for everything that they have listed out on the website. Things to look out for are airport pick and drop facility, entry permit, meals, accommodation, certified guides, etc.Reviews and testimonialsWhile exploring the website of a tour company, visit the testimonial page with immense attention. Read more and more reviews of people, who have visited Nepal in the past. Their opinions will help you a lot in deciding the ideal trekking tour in Nepal. If you cannot find more testimonials on the tour company’s website, look for many trusted portals to know about the best trekking program. It is recommended that you check out portals like TripAdvisor, Lonely Planet, Wiki Travels, etc. for authentic reviews of clients.Guides and trekking expertsTrusted guides and porters are the backbones of good trekking experience. In a new country, a new place, you need someone, who helps you enjoy the best trekking experience. A good guide makes your journey a mesmerizing one while the experience will be ruined with an awful guide. Check out the previous record of the guides that the tour company provides you. If he/she is not helpful in the way, your trekking journey will be wrecked up. Always go with a NATHM licensed porter. Also, make sure he/she speaks or understands your language and have the proper knowledge of places in Nepal. Apart from all these factors, what matters is the name and fame of the trekking house. Experience should be the basis of choosing a travel company. Whether you want to explore the Annapurna massif with Annapurna base camp trekking or the Sagarmatha region with Everest base camp trekking, the past experience of the tour operator matters hugely and heavily.

5 Incredible Benefits of The Naukasana
 Manmohan Singh  
 29 April 2019  

There is a reason why yoga is a holistic approach; it is one of the best practices that encompasses all the three known realms that a living being exists in ….which are, the mind (mental functioning involving the brain), the body (the physical form that we inhabit) and the soul (the spiritual entity that resides in the shell). To start the Yogic journey, one must start enacting and performing some Asanas (body postures). These Asanas tend to the three realms in a person by healing and nurturing through different combinations of these postures. What it also does, is that Yoga unravels the rhythm which is the natural essence to your being because it aligns your energies.One such asana that works on the core area of your body is the Naukasana. The health benefits of performing Naukasana are plenty; it is known to benefit your breathing, circulation of blood, maintaining sugar levels, strengthening the spinal cord area along with strengthening the abdominal organs of the body.ConsA few things to keep in mind before practice; it is advised that you do not perform the Naukasana if you are experiencing any of the following:1. Do not perform the Naukasana if you have severe headaches, spinal cord disorders, migraines or low blood pressure. Also not advised if you are suffering with any chronic illnesses.2. Avoid performing the Naukasana if you’re pregnant and during the first two days of the menstrual cycle.3. Heart and asthma patients must avoid performing this pose.Step by step performing NaukasanaLie on your back with both your feet together and your arms resting near the body. Palms facing to the ground.Take a deep breath and as you exhale, lift your feet and upper body off the ground stretching your arms towards your feet, leaving your body resting on your hip area. The eyes, fingers and toes should be aligned when lifted in the air.Now you should feel a certain tension building in your navel area, as the abdominal muscles are contracting.Keep breathing deeply and easily while maintaining that pose.Hold that position for a few seconds.As you exhale, as you come back to the ground slowly.Do this for duration of 4-5 sets everyday but do not overdo this pose.NAUKA (boat) pose as the name suggests resembles a boat, Naukasana literally translates to boat pose. When you sit on the “sit” bones to make the pose, you resemble the alphabet “V”. This pose requires tremendous abdominal strength and great focus on the balance to get this pose right and to reap its varied benefits. It is often included in the flow yoga sequence, as it helps boost energy. Often activating, opening and balancing the Solar Plexus (Manipura chakra).Here are 5 easy benefits to the NaukasanaA great stress reliever-As it is, an asana involving control over breath, it lowers the stress level. The benefits of naukasana are reaped by the nervous and tensed muscles by providing them immediate relief.Good for our digestive and reproductive system- It aids both the upper abdominal organs (pancreas and liver) and the lower abdominal organs (kidney and intestines), thus helps in reducing digestive problems. Helping in the circulation of the blood and oxygen around the abdomen area faster, this pose also enhances the secretion power of the liver and pancreas. For men, it is essentially beneficial because it stimulates the prostate gland which good for the male reproductive system.For increased muscle strength- The pose involves, the stretching of arm and leg muscles and also the lower back, strengthening the muscles in this area. The stretching also alleviates and fixes issues in the spinal cord.Helps in reducing belly fat- As Naukasana directly impacts the abdominal muscles with contraction; it is very good for those who want to reduce obesity.It also reduces belly fat and strengthening the abdominal muscles.Very good for diabetic patient- The health benefits of the Naukasana pose are also reaped by diabetic patients as it essentially works on fixing the sugar levels of the body. These were a few health benefits of performing the Naukasanapose which is a fairly difficult pose to do. It has its repercussions and is not advised for everyone but the benefits of Naukasana for those who can exercise are plenty. When you do perform this at your home, be alert about all the goodness this pose brings while you are performing it and allow your body to give into the pain so that it receives the goodness as much as you open your body. As we all know yoga is a journey and like all journeys, it demands a certain level of focus and concentration, and the results are worth it. Do your yoga every day !

8 Yoga Steps to Keep You Active In Old Age
 Shwaasa Guru  
 29 April 2019  

Forty is the Old Age of youth, fifty the youth of Old Age ~ Victor HugoIt's the era of personal care whether your age is 10 or 60 because age is just a number after all! Yoga is the way towards a happy, healthy life and the earlier you start the better it is for you. Yoga is extremely beneficial for seniors as it helps them to maintain the balance which gets disrupted at old age.Here, we have summarized some uncomplicated Yoga poses which elders can easily perform.8 Yoga Poses to Remain Active at Old AgeMountain Pose (Tadasana)Stand straight, and still. Keep your feet together and toes should make you feel grounded. Suck your stomach in and place your hands naturally on both sides of your waist. Hold the position, and take deep breaths.BenefitsImprovement in body posture.Strengthens weak thighs and ankles.Improves Digestion, stimulates blood circulation.Helps with acidity problems.Tree Pose (Vrikshasana)Stand straight and lift one knee up by placing the foot on the inner thigh of the other leg. Place it on either above or below the knee. Now, stretch your arms up into a prayer position above your head, like a namaste.BenefitsAbdominal strength.Balance and concentration.Hip mobility.Triangle Pose (Trikonasana)Stand with your legs stretched apart from each other. Now, with arms wide open, bend to take your entire body towards the left. One hand should touch either your toe or the ground, while the other arm and your face will be facing up to the sky. Switch, and move your body to the right. Repeat.BenefitsReduces blood pressure, and stiffness.Decreases fat of stomach and thighs.Makes your legs strong.Bird Dog (Parsva Balasana)Kneel, and stretch one arm forward while the opposite leg to the back. One leg should be off the ground while the other leg will be in the kneeling position only. Your back should be flat and the body completely parallel to the surface. Hold and switch the opposite arms and legs.Benefits Active, and alert brain.Knee flexibility.Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)Stand on your hands, and feet only. Lift your hips, and back up so that you can form a triangle. Face downwards. BenefitsStrengthens your core muscles.Body flexibility.Wrist issues.Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)For this pose, you will have to lay down flat over your abdomen, against the floor. Keep your arms next to your body, with the palms facing downward. Now, lift your head up, close your eyes, and stretch with the help of your arm strength. Arch your back naturally as you get into the position of Cobra Pose. BenefitsGet rid of your back, shoulder, and neck pains.Activates your heart chakra.Loosens your stiffness, improved posture with no hunched-back.Strengthens the spine.Butterfly Pose (Baddha Konasana)Sit straight and bring the souls of the feet together so that they can face and touch each other. Knees will be drawn to the outer sides. Hold your feet from both the hands and flap your knees in motion like wings.BenefitsOpens up hip movement.Stimulates bladder and kidneys.Relieves menopause-related issues.Deals with fatigue and depression.Dead Corpse Pose (Savasana)After you finish practicing all your asanas, this easy pose is going to give you complete relaxation. All you have to do is lie down flat on your back over the ground. Keep your body still with the palms facing up. Let your muscles relax, and take a restorative trip to a meditative trance state.BenefitsBody awareness.Cures insomnia.Enhances the quality of life.Yoga Teaching training in India will be an interesting platform for a few ambitious and capable elders. Your retirement plans could be a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh as well, only if you are an enthusiast.

5 Reasons to Do Your Yoga Teacher Training In Thailand
 Manmohan Singh  
 1 May 2019  

Yoga teacher training is that important aspect of life that can make or break your career if you aren’t serious about it or didn’t do it from a certified place. Therefore, choosing a destination for a certified yoga course is more of a responsibility. If you are also planning for a certified yoga course but unsure of from where you should do your course, then this article is for you.The following article will shift your focus towards Thailand and will guide you to the reasons why you should do your yoga teacher training in Thailand:Renowned yoga teachers: While enrolling for yoga teacher training course you may check the list of experienced yoga teachers available for teaching. You will realize that yoga teachers involved in the particular yoga school of Thailand may turn out to be a globally renowned yoga teacher. This is because yoga schools want the students to learn and practice yoga in the most authentic and professional way. This is made sure by aligning yoga teachers that have expertise in the different styles of yoga. Perfect class size: Since yoga schools in Thailand focus on effective learning and want to make sure that every student receives personalized training during the session; they make sure the class size is average. The idea behind this is that if you have a number of students in a class it is difficult for the teacher to concentrate on every student. Moreover, the teaching doesn’t yield any result either for the student or the teacher.Spiritually active: Thailand is a secular country that has several religions living in a peaceful manner altogether which includes Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, etc. The religions and culture of the country make the person spiritually active. You may pay visits to Buddhist temples that may help you in educating rituals in Buddhism; other places that you may visit including churches, mosques, etc. You may also plan a yoga session near a temple in order to grasp the calm and positive energy of the place.Comprehensive healing treatment: In Thailand, you may combine your yoga session along with some activities that have a healing effect on your body. You may learn Yoga Pilates, spa and ayurvedic therapies, Thai massages, kickboxing, Muay Thai, etc. If you have planned for yoga teacher training in Bangkok you may combine golf, bounce Inc. with yoga which are also one of the major as well as new attractions in the area.Cost effective: Being an Asian country, Thailand is cost-effective as compared to the prices of certified yoga courses in other countries. You may combine your airfares, training fee, accommodation at a much lesser budget as compared to countries like Canada, US or the UK. Moreover, accommodation and food are included by most of the yoga schools. So, you see, Thailand offers not only authentic and traditional yoga teacher training course but also offers the amazing experience of a relaxed and de-stressed holiday that helps you calm your mind, body, and soul. The above-mentioned reasons are just a brief part of the bigger picture of what you are going to experience. The best way to judge the reasons is to plan for yoga teacher training in Thailand.

7 Yoga Tips That Make You Refresh While Trekking in Annapurna Base Camp
 Manmohan Singh  
 3 May 2019  
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Summary: Experienced or amateur, everybody has to go through soreness, tension and tiredness in the body while trekking or post-trek. The following article has a few yoga tips that may help you refresh especially if you are going for Annapurna Base Camp trekking.Annapurna Base Camp trekking, Everest Base Camp trekking are some of the challenging trekking routes of the Himalayas that drains you physically and mentally. Breathing problem, soreness in the muscles, tiredness are some of the natural side-effects that one suffers from during these trekking trips. Though trekking is meant for fun, adventure and challenges but, soreness or tiredness may affect your trekking experience as well as your health. Of course, you train yourself before you go for trekking but that will not be enough. One can easily release the tension in the muscles by practicing yoga while trekking or after completing the trekking route. Practicing yoga not only refreshes you during the trek but also aids you in many ways such as:•    It deflates soreness in the muscles by releasing the tension•    It improves breathing system of the body to eliminate cramps•    Builds strength and stamina for longer trekking routes•    It helps in building muscles for the required area•    It also treats flat feet which enhances the balance and posture of the body•    It relieves body aches, back pain and even treats chronic diseases if anyYou will be surprised to know that there are 300+ yoga poses to benefit mankind. In the following article, we have prepared a list of poses you can perform to reduce soreness, cramps, enhance flexibility and strength, etc. during your Annapurna Base Camp trek. To release tension in the muscles and sorenessRevolve triangle pose:While standing straight move your legs hip-width apart. Make sure both the heels and arch are aligned. Inhale and lift your right hand. While stretching over the head, place it next to the left foot.Lift your left hand towards the sky and make sure it is in line with your shoulder. Keep breathing slowly and gaze in the same direction.Hold the pose for at least 30 seconds and release it.Repeat the pose for the other leg.Some other poses you may practice are bridge pose, downward facing dog, cat/cow pose, eagle pose, and cow-faced pose. These poses are best suited for pre or post-trek. Practicing these poses during the trek releases tension from the body, opens up your hips and hamstrings for a better trekking experience. Moreover, these poses will help you calm your body down once you have completed the trek.To improve breathingAlternate nostril breathing: Hold onto your right nostril with right thumb and breathe in deeply through the left nostril.Close left nostril with the third finger of the right hand and remove thumb from right nostril.Breathe out through right nostril while holding onto to left nostril. After this exhale, breathe in again with left nostril and repeat the procedure as above.The other breathing techniques are ocean breathing, a breath of fire, bellows breathing, bumble bee breathing. These breathing techniques act as a tranquilizer for your body. They regulate the respiratory and circulatory system and maintain body temperature especially during Annapurna Base Camp trekking or any other trekking in Nepal.To enhance flexibility and strengthLord of the dance pose: While in tadasana, breathe in and lift your left foot. Make sure the heel is aligned with your left buttock.Hold the left toe with your left hand and extend your right hand straight forward.Make sure your right foot and right hand are straight, chest parallel to the ground.Gaze in the direction of the right hand. Hold the pose for at least 15 seconds.Repeat it with the other leg.For enhancing strength and flexibility, you may try poses such as eagle pose, sun salutations, warrior poses, variations of plank etc. Practicing these poses will strengthen your ankles, calves, legs, in fact, the entire lower body. These poses will eventually enhance the flexibility of your bodyCombining these exercises in your daily routine will help you prepare for a better trekking experience whether you are trekking in Nepal or anywhere in the world.

How is Trekking Beneficial to Your Mind and Soul?
 Manmohan Singh  
 6 May 2019  

Much like yoga,Trekking is an exercise that brings you together the body and the mind And makes your spirits shine, With the nurturing and the taming of your mind, You better the feelings that are food for your soul.Like yoga; in its process and exercise, trekking has a lot to do with breath-work and breath-control leading to mind control. The process of trekking then, further goes on to healing and fixing the energy loopholes of your being.The exercise of trekking is getting popular everywhere in the world. India and Nepal, the areas that are close to the Himalayas are in the spotlight because wisdom comes down from the great Himalayas to these lands. There are a plenty of trekking destination in India, and even more difficult trekking destinations in Nepal. The Annapurna base camp trek in Khandruk, Nepal is a doable and yet difficult trek that I recommend people to participate in.I will go as far as to say that trekking is a meditation and that’s because as widely it is believed that meditation requires one to be still and calm and composed; that may not be the entirety of meditation. Meditation is a practice that we do to activate our minds that has been either focusing on certain things too much, or been too relaxed or out of focus in its functioning.Meditation is essentially a practice that makes your concentration power more and more flexible and stronger. By explanation, concentration is the power of being able to contract and expand your consciousness and hold it for as long as required.Our consciousness gets out of practice and things start to get monotonous. When we go for trekking, the mind is expected to achieve great levels of concentration because it demands the holding capacity of your concentration, which, if not present, will kill you on your trek. That’s why people who have a good hold of their concentration can take up more and more difficult treks. Hence trekking is a form of moving meditation. It can be justified that trekking is essentially yoga in consistent movement and a faster method of unraveling and opening up. If you trek for a living, your body will find itself in a perpetual state of movement, and the mind at rest and in control at all times.Trekking demands for you to be mentally present at all times, or else your reality will be altered very easily and you may lose consciousness, which is why you may find trekkers walking silently in concentration. So what happens when we calm our minds and trek silently? We make our minds more and more alert so that it helps channelize all the energy in the body to be utilized by the physical activity!When your mind is calm and focused and your body is in movement, you become the humblest version of yourself at that moment because you are focusing on the bare necessities to keep you alive and walking ahead. And when humans get what they need and not what they greed, people are humbler and in greater harmony with themselves and each other. It will not be surprising to say that people, who trek as a lifestyle choice, live longer and live life in its full essence because all they have to do is walk away and find another strange place to find comfort in. What happens when you are trekking is that you are meditating with each step, your mind is calm, your body is in movement and your spirits are enriched versions which is how things are supposed to be in life, where people are only caring for their necessities and not for their greed.But the city life has introduced a lot of greed and in times when we exist in satisfaction, we may encounter moments of greed which leads our body and soul in the direction to achieve that greed that we inculcated in us. What we are doing while trekking is focusing on the bare necessities of life.With trekking you will go the natural way, and the natural way always leads to more satisfaction than running madly after something that you don’t even need. The “time” that you buy, is the “age” you have bought for yourself to live.Trekking does have tremendous scope for spiritual growth as well. Wisdom comes with the patience that we are willing to give to the things that are necessary for us, after we have bought all that time from meditating in movement. We are free to spend it on what may be an essential knowledge to pass down to your next generation. Whatever knowledge that people gain from spending time on gaining it, internalizes in our body and down to our genes...So you decide what information and knowledge you want to pass on to the coming generation. Trekking is extremely beneficial for your mind body and soul because when you are on a trek, you are feeding your entire being with all the goodness it needs internally and externally’ with every step you take, the problems you face on this journey are different from not meeting a project deadline…. You see, you’re more worried about collecting enough firewood to grant yourselves a heart-warming bon-fire when you want to take rest.

Top 10 things to do in Uttarakhand
 Sakshi Kaushik  
 6 May 2019  
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Uttarakhand is a jewel for travelers with a plethora of activities and fun things to do which will create everlasting vacation memories. That’s what travelling is all about. Here in Devbhoomi you will be able to experience a wide ranging set of fun activities from pilgrimages, yoga and meditation to trekking, camping and other adventure sports activities. You will never get bored once you are in this charming hill station of India. Planning a visit? Here are the top 15 things to do in Uttarakhand:Mountain bikingGoing cycling on the hilly terrain amidst some of the most thriving natural beauty is one of the best ways of exploring the real beauty of Uttarakhand. This is also a great way of discovering the culture, traditions and the humble lifestyle of the people on the hills while paddling your way through the mountain routes. Some paths that you can take for cycling include – the border of Corbett national park passing through kaladhungi which will bring you in close contact to the raw beauty of nature; terai jungle is another option where you can also witness the beauty of the scenic himalayas surrounding you; bhowali and khairna are other options tat you can choose to undertake. No matter where you go on your cycle it will be an exhilarating experience. 2. Skiing Skiing is another one of the most unique sport that you can experience here on the hills. During the winter snowfall season the entire the undulating terrain of Auli gets covered in snow. These hills are then utilized as a skiing location where people go to indulge in skiing activities. Thisis also one of the most popular winter vacation destination. During the summer season these hills blossoms to life with lush greenery and is used for camping purposes as bugyals. No matter when you want to visit Auli you will be having a great time there. 3. Chardham yatraUttarakhand is called devbhoomi for a reason. The entire state is steep historical and religious significance dating back to the era of gods. The sacred twin towns of Haridwar and Rishikesh along with being the birthplace of the holy Ganga river makes it even more important. It is also the abode of the holy char dham sites of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri which is visited by lakhs of devotees from all across the world to attain moksha. Visiting these char dham sites will not only be a holy time but will fill you with a great sense of spirituality which will be unmatched to anywhere else. 4. CampingCamping is one of the most sought after activities in Uttarachal region. What’s better than experiencing the beauty of nature than sleeping under the star lit sky and some deep peace. There are several rules and regulations regarding camping in the bugyals but it is all worth it. No matter which season you decide to go camping on the hills you will still have a lot of options to choose from, Shivpuri, dhanaulti, roopkund, dayarabugyal etc. it is also one of the finest ways of being a part of the serenity that the hills have to offer. The best part is that you can do this alone or with a group that organizes camping tours for Uttarakhand. 5. Visit to Valley of flowersSituated in the district of Chamoli is one of the most fascinating UNESCO world heritage site of valley of flowers. Ever since its discovery this charming place dotted with innumerable exotic flowers and plants has attracted tourists and travelers from all over the world to witness its charm. Your visit to Uttaranchal remains incomplete without your visit to this heaven on earth. Open for a couple of months this place displays a magnanimous collection of various plants species which only adds to the beauty. 6. Yoga Indulging in a rejuvenating yoga activity amongst the peaceful solitude of nature and by the softly flowing river is a great way of experiencing the true spirit of Uttarakhand. The state has been associated with being one of the most proactive destinations for yoga activities ever since the ancient era. Currently there are numerous places that have developed as the ideal place for yoga like – Rishikesh, Almora, Dehradun, Nainital, Haridwar etc. you will be surprised to see the number of foreigners who visit this place for Yoga. 7. Paragliding We all know the beauty of Uttarakhand is unmatched but with paragliding you will be able to witness this raw nature from a different perspective. Sail through the Himalayan airways and get the bird’s eye view of the lush greenery below and the snow capped mountain peaks around it. There will be trained experts who will take you on this thrilling adventure journey in the sky. Some of the most well known destinations for paragliding are – Ranikhet, Mukteshwar, Bhimtal, Pithoragarh. 8. TrekkingWalk your way through the undulating terrain of the hills and through the lush forest cover which will allow you to have one of most exciting times here. There are innumerable trekking trails for everyone interested in trekking from Beginners to experts. There is something for everyone looking to explore the hills in the most primeval forms. Get ready to witness some of the most breathtaking views of the Himalayas by going on the following trails – Gaumukh tapovan, Roopkund, Kedartal, Kuari paas, Pindari glacier, Auden col and so much more. 9. Tea estate tour Did you know that Uttarakhand is one of the places that produce some of the richest and finest qualities of tea in India. A visit to the famous Kausani tea estate will allow you to explore the soothing climate while sipping on some deliciously flavoured tea collection. Located on an elevation of 1800 metres above sea level this lush green cover is one of the most peaceful, serene and soothing destinations if you are looking to indulge in a unique holiday experience in Uttarakhand.10. Rafting Riding the Himalayan waters is a huge crowd puller for people looking to have a different and an adventurous experience during their vacation. River rafting will allow you to ride some of the most exciting rapids ranging from grade 1 to grade 4. Devbhoomi is a place that is well known all over india for its rafting activities especially in Shipuri near Rishikesh. People can choose for rafting on the various different tributaries of ganga like on alaknanda, Bhagirathi, tons etc. 

Best Yoga Practices To Prepare Your Body For Trekking
 Manmohan Singh  
 13 May 2019  

The article talks about some of the best Yoga exercises that are good for preparing the body for trekking.Trekking and Yoga are related in many ways. Both are highly fascinating to practice, filled with tons of beautiful memories. Rejuvenation of the mind, body, and soul is a common element of Yoga and trekking. All over the world, many trekkers enjoy the delight of the ancient science to boost their chance of succeeding on the trekking trails. Whether you are planning a trekking tour in Nepal or aspiring for a journey in the Alps, Yoga is the best way, to begin with. Even embracing Yoga during the tour can be extremely enjoying.Let’s talk about some of the most effective Yoga poses that help you prepare the body and mind for trekking.Ardha-UtkatasanaLet’s begin with the advanced version of Chair Pose. Ardha-Utkatasana is one of the finest ways to boost the strength of your legs and thighs muscles. Also known as the Standing Figure Four, the asana is practiced on one leg. While one foot is perfectly placed on the ground, the other leg finds itself on the knee. Although bending down in this position needs a lot of effort, it can be easily possible with regular practice. Balance is the key in both - the practice of Ardha-Utkatasana and Trekking.NatarajasanaThe vibrancy of Natarajasana can be understood by the fact that it is the cosmic dance form of Lord Shiva. Being a perfect practitioner of this asana means you are able to perform all kinds of physical activities. During the one-legged asana, the left toe is held by the left hand in the air while the right arm extends parallel to the ground. You should repeat the practice on the other side to complete the exercise. The practice tones almost all body parts and helps the body enjoy tremendous stability.ChakrasanaWelcome flexibility in your life to succeed as a trekker of the utmost level. Chakrasana is all about crossing the limits of the body and applying it to make a person internally strong. The whole body is in a circle-like position with the palms and toes balancing the body. The abdomen remains at the top during the asana. The asana is one of the finest ways to boost the flow of blood throughout the body. It also tones almost all muscles and bones of the body in the process.BakasanaBakasana is known as Crow pose, thanks to its imitation as a crow. The pair of palms holds the body weight while the body recoils in the air. Place your knees on the arms while making sure the buttocks are at the top. The exercise gives a lot of confidence to the practitioner, since it is not an easy task to hold the body on the palms. That mixture of power, confidence, and audacity can be the most important thing to have while trekking.Prasarita PadottanasanaPlace your feet wide apart (approx 2-3 ft) to indulge in a beautiful physical exercise that every avid trekker and hiker should practice. Bend in the forward direction to place the head on the mat. Make sure the knees don't bend in the process. Put your palms on the mat on either side of the head. It is an extremely amazing asana for getting prepared for a difficult level trek like Everest Base Camp Trek and GR 20.PadmasanaAt the end of a physical task, you need to relax. You want a moment or two of quietude in life to calm yourself down. Padmasana is probably the most astonishing way to relax and pacify your mind. The reason that makes Lotus Pose holds the upper hand over other restful exercises is that it comes with the additional benefit of stretching various body muscles. Just by sitting in Padmasana, one can feel complete silence as well as spinal strengthening. Chanting a few mantras helps you attain the state of soulfulness.

Yoga Poses To Overcome Fatigue While Trekking
 Manmohan Singh  
 14 June 2019  

Expert or beginner, everybody has to face difficulty in trekking. If you are planning to go on trekking in Nepal but often face soreness in the muscles, tiredness and breathing problems; no matter how expert you are, it may affect your trekking experience as well as your health. Practicing before going on a trekking tour is not enough; you can easily realize the tension by doing yoga.Mustang trekking toursare one of the most challenging trekking tours in the world; it makes you experience the hidden kingdom of Nepal. You should prepare well before going on this type of trek; only doing training is not enough. Here are some poses to help you during your trek and save you from the fatigue and anxiety.Bhujangasana (cobra pose): It opens the 4 Chakras in your body that reduces stress, fatigue, and tension. It strengthens your neck, shoulder, and upper back and helps in improving spinal mobility.Bhujangasana (cobra pose)How to:Lie on the floor on your stomach and make sure your toes touch each other.Move your hands at the front and make sure they are the same as the shoulder level.Gently lift your chest off the floor by placing your body weight on the palms.Look straight ahead and hold on for 30 seconds.Inhale as you elongate the sides of your body, then exhale, pressing your tailbone down. Press the lower tips of your shoulder downward while keeping the upper shoulder blades broad and open. You need to replicate cobra.Adho mukha svanasana (downward dog): It has very healing effects on the body, mind, and soul. This is a beginner level pose; it takes 1 to 3 minutes.Adho mukha svanasana (downward dog)How to:Stand on four limbs as your body looks like a table.Exhale and gently form a shape that looks like inverted ‘V’.Your hands should align with your shoulder, and your feet with your hips.Now, lift your tailbone skyward.Hold for a few seconds, then gently comes back in table position.Dhanurasana (bow pose): This pose gets its name from the archer’s bow. This pose is one of the 12 Hatha basic yoga poses. It improves your flexibility and highly beneficial for your back.Dhanurasana (bow pose)How to:Lie on the floor on your stomach. Keep your hips width apart and arm by your side.Bend your knees and bring them close to your hips. Grab your ankles from your hands.Inhale, and lift your chest off the ground. Pull your legs back.Concentrate on your breath and try to look stress-free a smile can help.Hold this pose nearly 20 to 30 seconds, release the ankle as exhale.Uttanasana (standing forward fold): Practicing Uttanasana could be very beneficial for you before going for trekking; it wakes up your hamstrings and makes your mind do work properly, because when you do this asana your head is near your heart that allows blood circulation to your brain instead of feet; cells rush and energize your body.Uttanasana (standing forward fold)How to:Stand straight keeping your hands rest on your hips and inhale.Soften your knees as you bend forward folding from your hips and exhale. Try to counterbalance your weight.Don’t forget to keep your knees soft, this will allow your hips to move forward into the upper thighs.Keep your feet parallel to each other and your hands rest on the ground. Touch your knees, feel the stretch, hold on to few seconds as you want to release, contract the core of abdomen muscles, place your hands on the hip, rise slowly while elongation your body. Slowly stand up.Savasana (corpse pose): Savasana may look simple, but it is the hardest because you need to be completely relaxed; it helps you relieve from stress and provides you complete relaxation. This is a basic yoga pose you can perform it for 10 to 12 minutes.Savasana (corpse pose)How to:Lie on the floor on your back and make sure you are comfortable without any disturbance.Close your eyesPlace your legs and arms comfortably apart. Make sure you are relaxed.Now place your attention on every part of the body starting from your toes. Concentrate on your breath.Take a few deep breaths and gain awareness of your surrounding before you open your eyes.

Bhagavad Gita Verse 1.39
 Dhwani Shah  
 20 June 2019  

Half Truth - In Gita Verse 1.39 With the destruction of the dynasty, the eternal family tradition is vanquished, and thus the rest of the family becomes involved in irreligion.Now Arjuna says that from Bhishma to everyone in the family will vanish in this war. After the war from our family no one will be alive and whosoever is alive will not live religiously. The statement is logical and appealing.Logical mind cannot see anything in totality, as whole. It can only see life as fragments. Mind is incapable of comprehending totality.Totality cannot be approached through logic. Totality can be approached only through subjectivity. Totality is not a syllogism; it is not a conclusion. But logic can give you a false notion. It simply says that when Arjuna says that the destruction of dynasty, Arjuna infers that this war is going to destruct my dynasty. He becomes unconscious of Universe and plan of Universe. By this logic he says that the rest of the family who will be alive will be involved in irreligion. The conclusion is not right; remember that you don’t know. That ignorance will be very, very helpful, because that ignorance will be sincere, authentic, true.Knowing that I don’t know will support Arjuna to come back to his subjectivity.Right now what Arjuna says is like this - he is breaking a seed and looking into it, there is no trace of any tree there. No matter how much he searches he will not find any trace of a tree. But the tree certainly comes from this small seed. Because he is right now unconscious, he cannot think that what is not found in the seed, where does it come from? And such a huge tree was hidden in such a small seed! And then, after giving birth to seeds, that tree dissolves. Exactly like this, the whole existence comes into being and then dissolves. Energy comes into existence and then merges into non-existence.It is very difficult to catch hold of non-existence. Existence is of course visible to us. Hence, according to yoga, those who accept only existence - those who believe that existence is all - are seeing only leela, the play of life. And to know only the play is illusion.Illusion does not mean that one does not know; illusion means that one knows only the play. Knowing as such is there; even if one knows that he does not know, then too the knowing is there. So knowing is in all of us. And illusion doesn’t mean “not knowing.” The most unaware of all beings also knows some things. According to yoga, the meaning of illusion is to know only half. And remember, the half-truth is worse than untruth - because it is possible to be free from untruth, but to be free from the half-truth is very difficult. It appears to be the truth and it is not. If it is wholly the untruth, purely the untruth, then it won’t take any time to be free from it. But if it is a half-truth it is very difficult to be free from it.There is one more reason that a thing like truth cannot be divided into halves - because in dividing it into halves, it dies. Can you divide your love in half? Can you say, “I half love you” to somebody? Either you love or you don’t love, but half-love is not possible. Can you say “I half steal”? Maybe you steal half a dollar, but the stealing of half a dollar is also full stealing, and the stealing of a million dollars is also full stealing so is the stealing of half a cent. Half-stealing cannot be done. Half of a thing can be stolen but the stealing itself cannot be half. The very meaning of “half” is that you are in illusion.Yoga says that those who see only existence are grasping only half. And he who grasps only the half lives in illusion. No, the other side is also there. A man who says, “I am born but I don’t want to die,” is clinging to the half. He will suffer; he will live in illusion. And no matter what he may do, death is bound to come - because the other half cannot be parted with. If you have accepted birth, death is the other half of it, it comes together with it. A man who says, “I will choose only the pleasures, not the pains,” is falling into a fallacy.Yoga says that the moment you choose only the half you fall into error. Suffering is only the other side of pleasure, it is half of it. Hence, one who wants to be peaceful will have to know restlessness also. There is no way out. Yoga says that to avoid one half is illusion. They are together. But we do not see the whole; what we see first we hold on to. And we go on denying the other side without understanding that when we have been holding on to one half, the other half is waiting behind it. It is just waiting for an opportunity; it will soon appear.Arjuna’s statement of this verse simply says that he is looking the circumstances only as half, which is not truth, it’s half truth. In his half truth he is seeing that everyone over here will be vanquished and leave a message for the next generation or whoever will survive is only irreligion memory and nothing else. For him his logical conclusion is truth. He forgets that when Universe gave him assignment to Fight Without Enmity is ultimate truth. Where your action is as non-doer is religious act and whoever will be left after the war they will be able to live religious life.

Bhagavad Gita Verse 1.43
 Dhwani Shah  
 24 June 2019  

Fear - In Gita Verse 1.43 O Kṛṣṇa, maintainer of the people, I have heard by disciplic succession that those whose family traditions are destroyed dwell always in hell.Arjuna is now in the grip of fear. More so he is becoming unconscious towards himself.Did you find any similarity between unconscious Arjuna and us, our prayers are also out of fear and not in gratitude.All your fears are by-products of identification.The fear that things may change tomorrow.... Somebody may die, you may go bankrupt, your job may be taken away. There are a thousand and one things which may change. You are burdened with more and more fears, and none of them are valid...because yesterday too you were full of these fears, unnecessarily. Things may have changed but you are still alive. And man has an immense capacity to adjust himself in any situation.The fear is part of the mind. The mind is a coward, and has to be a coward because it doesn’t have any substance. It is empty and hollow, and it is afraid of everything. And basically it is afraid that one day you may become aware. That will be really the end of the world!Mind is a prison. Awareness is getting out of the prison – or realizing it has never been in the prison; it was just thinking that it was in the prison. All fears disappear.The greatest discovery in life, the most precious treasure, is of awareness. Without it you are bound to be in darkness, full of fears. And you will go on creating new fears; there is no end to it. You will live in fear, you will die in fear, and you will never be able to taste something of freedom. And it was all the time your potential; any moment you could have claimed it, but you never claimed it.It is your responsibility.In fear Arjuna identified with it. With this identification he become unaware of the fact that the universal assignment given to them not only would liberate them but his family also. Because of the fear he thought hell was certain for his family and him. He became assertive.To be identified with something which you are not, is the formation of the ego. Ego means to be identified with something you are not.Identity is the basis of all slavery: Be identified and you will be in a prison.The very identity will become your prison. Be non-identified, remain totally yourself, and then there is freedom. So this is what bondage is: Ego is the bondage, and egolessness is freedom. And this ego is nothing but to be identified with something that you are not. For example, everyone is identified with his name; and everyone is born without any name. Then the name becomes so significant that one can die for his name’s sake.This identification is ego. If you are not identified with anything – with name or with form or anything – then where is the ego? Then you are, and still you are not. Then you are in your absolute purity, but with no ego. That’s why Buddha called the self, no-self; he called it anatta, anatma. He said, “There is no ego, so you cannot call yourself atma even. You cannot call yourself ‘I’; there is no ‘I.’ There is pure existence.” This pure existence is freedom.When the mind is projecting something which is not, it is avidya. When this mind destroys all projections, all identifications, remains without any projective activity, then this method of destroying all projections, all that is not, but appears to be – is called vidya. Vidya is not knowledge; again, vidya is a positive force to destroy all that which avidya creates. Vidya is untranslatable. Vidya means a positive force in you which can destroy ego formation. Both are positive: avidya creates that which is not, and vidya destroys that which is not. So vidya means yoga, vidya mean the science of religion.Arjuna in fear was trembling and creating hell for himself and his family members. Same Arjuna when he heard Bhishma’s conch shell first took position and then replied. There was aliveness in him, there was trust in him. As soon as he became unconscious towards self, immediately he lost the life in his living body, he was dead. He created hell for him and his family.

Yoga :- a way of life
 Hritika Bhattacharya  
 28 July 2019  

Yoga :- a building block of life

Going Through Pregnancy - Try Out These Exercises
 ashu sharma  
 31 July 2019  

IntroductionWhen a woman is pregnant then the whole family starts giving advice differently, and one of the most common advice among them is to avoid exercising as it may affect the health of the mother and the baby. It may not be intentional, but it is not the best advice possible.Pregnancy might seem like the perfect time to sit back and relax. You likely feel more tired than usual, and your back might ache from carrying extra weight but no you should try doing exercises as moderate exercise during pregnancy may give a newborn a healthier start.Exercising during your pregnancy is safe and healthy. The only difference from normal people is that certain types of exercises may not be suitable for pregnant women and the nature of exercises may change from trimester to trimester.Exercises to TryThere are numerous potential health benefits for women who exercise during pregnancy, including better weight control, improved mood, and maintenance of fitness levels. ->SwimmingThis is one of the best & the safest exercise. Exercising in water supports your bump and won’t strain your back. It’s a great way to get your heart rate up without putting extra stress on your joints and ligaments. It also has immense cardiovascular benefits & it also helps in reducing the swelling and inflammation. ->Walking & RunningWalking is one of the safest exercises during any trimester as long as you don’t overexert yourself. Walking promotes blood circulation, improves heart health and is all around a good exercise for pregnant women. The key is to invest in a good pair of shoes for walking so as to prevent the knees and legs from jarring and also to support your upper body properly.If you were a runner or jogger before you got pregnant, it’s safe and healthy to continue during your pregnancy as long as you feel okay. Your baby will not be harmed by the impact or the movement. Book an appointment with Gynaecologist in dilsukhnagar Hyderabad->Strength exercisesStrength training exercises make your muscles stronger. They include swimming, working with weights, walking uphill and digging the garden. In the later trimesters, it may be a little difficult to manage other exercises as your body becomes heavier and movement may be limited. However, you can do basic stretching exercises to improve mobility and also help with circulation.->CyclingCycling is a great low-impact aerobic exercise. However, as your bump grows, your balance will change, which could mean you are more likely to fall off.If you’re used to cycling, you should be safe to carry on, but if you begin to feel less stable than usual it may be best to stay off your bike or switch to a stationary bike until after your baby is born. Cycling on a stationary bike also called spinning, is normally safe even for first-time exercisers. It helps raise the heart rate without putting too much stress on the joints.->YogaPrenatal yoga classes keep the joints limber and help maintain flexibility. Yoga strengthens muscles, stimulates blood circulation, and enhances relaxation. These may contribute to healthy blood pressure during pregnancy.The techniques learned in a yoga class can also help you to stay calm and in control during labor.It is best to consult with a specialist who can give you a step by step guide as to the exercises you can do and the precautions that you need to take while performing them.  You can also consult with gynecologist Dr. Vandana Hegde, she is one of the best gynecologist doctors and can help you during your pregnancy times. 

Bloating - How Can You Get Rid Of It At Home?
 ashu sharma  
 1 August 2019  

IntroductionBloating isn't a medical condition. Bloating is a common and significant clinical problem that remains to be scientifically addressed. Bloating is one of the most bothersome complaints in patients with various functional gut disorders.It does not essentially mean that an individual has eaten too much. It is often a case of intake wrong food that has not been digestible by the body. Bloating happens once air and water get trapped within the abdomen or internal organ. As a result, the abdomen gets swollen well past its normal level.Below find out the reasons leading to bloating and the methods to avoid them concluded by Gastroenterologist in VadapalaniReasons for BloatingBloating may result from a variety of cases. Fatty or junk foods are one amongst the largest culprits of bloating. It hinders the digestion method and does not let the abdomen empty on time. Carbohydrates can also cause bloating. Even carbonated drinks will play spoilsport. It creates bubbles within the abdomen resulting in indigestion and bloating. Some food items related to gas embrace cauliflower, lettuce, hard candy, beans, brussels sprouts, broccoli, etc. except for this, consumption of excessive food and soft drinks will result in bloating.How can you avoid bloating? The simplest way to avoid bloating is to refrain from bloat inflicting foods as mentioned earlier. If you wear dentures, it ought to be ensured that it fits properly. There are instances once excess air gets within the abdomen due to an associate improper fixture of dental appliance resulting in bloating. eating or drinking slowly is another great way of staying far from bloating. after you eat slowly, there are fewer possibilities of extra air obtaining within the abdomen. within the case of drinkable consumption, avoiding the straw may be a smart plan. this {way|this manner|this fashion} the unwanted air cannot build their way within the stomach and play foul.Taking a small walk once each meal is another great way of staying far from bloating. this manner the gas within the stomach cannot rise higher than the surface. The practice of calming technique like yoga, deep breathing and meditation also goes an extended approach in giving relief from bloating.Book an appointment with Dr. Premkumar Balachandran - GastroenterologistHome Remedies For BloatingSome home remedies to get rid of bloating include:- A cup of ginger, lemon, and honey in an exceeding cup of hot water once every day-1 cup of flavorer peppermint tea freshly ready in boiled water- In the case of normal abdomen bloating, intake of 1 caraway seed on a daily basis fetches immediate results- Consumption of a cup of baked pumpkin twice a week- Consumption of heat lemon water before you begin your day is another great way of keeping bloating cornered.- Bloating may also be proof of alternative enteral connected issues still. If the final methodology of management and measured diet does not serve, it's time to go to a doctor to seek out the underlying reason for your drawback. Doctors perform a series of tests to understand the matter and order the specified medicine to regulate or cure the matter.

Bhagavad Gita Verse 2.48
 Dhwani Shah  
 13 August 2019  

Yam - In Gita Verse 2.48 Perform your duty equipoised, O Arjuna, abandoning all attachment to success or failure. Such equanimity is called yoga.Krishna is talking regarding inner-discipline of Yoga - yam (inner discipline, direction, centering). Asking Arjuna to perform his duty as a Kshatriya, and also as a messenger of universe. Unless first he becomes kshatriya he will not be able to bring his inner discipline. Once he will balance with his inner discipline, direction and centreing he will not be able to balance himself, without balance he will not be able to do his duty by abandoning all attachments.A man of awareness will become immediately aware that death and sex are one energy, and a total culture, a whole culture, a holy culture, will accept both. It will not be lopsided; it will not move to one extreme and avoid the other. Each moment you are both life and death. To understand this is to transcend duality. The whole effort of Yoga is how to transcend.Yam is meaningful because when a person becomes aware of death, only then is a life of self-discipline possible. If you are only aware of sex, of life, and you have been avoiding death – escaping from it, closing your eyes to it, keeping it always at the back, throwing it into the unconscious – then you will not create a life of self-discipline. For what? Then your life will be a life of indulgence – eat, drink. be merry. Nothing is wrong in it, but, in itself, this is not the whole picture. This is just a part, and when you take the part as the whole, you miss; you miss tremendously.Animals are without any awareness of death: that’s why there is no possibility for Patanjali to teach animals. No possibility because no animal will be ready for self-discipline. The animal will ask, “For what?” There is only life, there is no death, because the animal is not aware that he is going to die. If you become aware that you are going to die, then immediately you start rethinking about life. Then you would like death to be absorbed in life.When death is absorbed in life yam is born: a life of discipline. Then you live but you always live with the remembrance of death. You move but you always know that you are moving towards death. You enjoy but you always know that this is not going to last forever. Death becomes your shadow, part of your being, part of your perspective. You have absorbed death; now self-discipline will be possible. Now you will think, “How to live?” because life is not the goal now: death is also part of it. How to live so that you can live and die also beautifully? How to live so that not only does life become a crescendo of bliss, but death becomes the highest? – because death is the climax of life.To live in such a way that you become capable of living totally and you become capable of dying totally. That’s the whole meaning of self-discipline. Self-discipline is not a suppression; it is to live a directed life, a life with the sense of direction. It is to live a life fully alert and aware of death. Then your river of life has both the banks. Life and death, and the river of consciousness flows between these two. Anybody who is trying to live life denying death its part is trying to move along one bank; his river of consciousness cannot be total. He will lack something; he will lack something very beautiful. His life will be superficial; there will be no depth in it. Without death there is no depth.The life of yam is a life of balance.Krishna is saying that you are in the middle of the war, very unique circumstances, where you are facing the death but against that your whole family and attachments are also there.If you can see and fight this war which has given you unique opportunity to drop all the attachments including your own, you can liberate yourself.Yoga is not against indulgence, attachments; Yoga is for balance. Yoga says, “Be alive but be always ready to die also.” It looks contradictory. Yoga says, “Enjoy. But, remember, this is not your home. This is an overnight stay.”Be total so all the contradictions are absorbed and a harmony arises. You want to become monotonous. A life of ordinary indulgence is monotonous. A life of ordinary Yoga is also monotonous, boring. A life which comprehends all contradictions in it, which has many notes in it but, still, all notes fall in harmony; that life is a rich life. And to have that rich life, is Yoga.Krishna says become conscious of this moment come back to your inner discipline and with this you fight. Remember Krishna is not asking him to fight the war, he is asking Arjuna to become aware and connect with his inner discipline, subjectivity and then fight the war. As from the awareness if he will fight the war then it will be just his role in this whole universe.

Bhagavad Gita Verse 2.50
 Dhwani Shah  
 15 August 2019  

Morality - In Gita Verse 2.50 A man engaged in devotional service rids himself of both good and bad reactions even in this life. Therefore strive for yoga, which is the art of all work.Krishna in this verse says that person has to be aware and not moral. Morality will follow the person who is aware.What we are teaching to our children is morality and not awareness.What is religion in your mind? – teaching certain beliefs. And no belief is religious, all beliefs make people stupid. Religion is an experience, not a belief. You will make them Hindus or Mohammedans or Christians, but that is not making them religious. And you are not interested, in fact, in making them religious; you are interested in making them Hindus, Mohammedans, Christians. You want them to belong to your fold and you are afraid of their intelligence. You want to kill it and destroy it before it is too late – before they start revolting, before they start thinking on their own. It is a greatest crime to force children into any religious belief. Help them to understand and tell them to find their religion.And morality is a byproduct of religion. When one feels in the heart religion arising, a relationship, a communion with existence happening, one becomes moral. It is not a question of commandments, it is not a question of shoulds and should-nots; it is a question of love, compassion.When you are silent, a deep compassion arises for the whole existence, and out of that compassion one becomes moral. One cannot be cruel, one cannot kill, one cannot destroy. When you are silent, blissful, you start becoming a blessing to everybody else. That phenomenon of becoming a blessing to everybody else is true morality.Morality has nothing to do with so-called moral principles. These so-called moral principles only create hypocrites: they create only pseudo people, split personalities. A schizophrenic humanity has come about because of thousands of priests, so-called saints and mahatmas and their continuous teachings: “Do this, don’t do that.” You are not helped to be aware, to see what is right and what is wrong. You are not given eyes, you are simply given directions.Religion brings clarity and clarity transforms your character.MORALITY IS NOT RELIGION, although a religious person is always moral — but not vice versa: a moral person need not be religious.A religious person is necessarily moral because religion means experience of the divine — one who has experienced the presence of God, how can he be immoral? In fact, he is the criterion, the decisive factor as to what is moral.Morality means compassion, morality means love, morality means creativity; morality means making the world a little more beautiful than you found it, leaving it a little more beautiful, giving it a new plane, a new level, a new dimension of existence.The immoral person is destructive; because he is miserable he can only share his misery with others. Remember, you can give to others only that which you have. If you are miserable, whatsoever you say is immaterial, you will make others miserable.If you are blissful, you need not say anything — you will make others blissful. Your very presence will trigger some blissfulness in their being.Your very presence will create a synchronicity in others. Your music, your juice, will create ripples of joy — whoever is close to you will become infected with your joy, with your ecstasy, will become drunk — and that's what morality is.Krishna in this verse is telling Arjuna to become self-aware. Not to become a hypocrite. And when through his awareness, he will fight this war, it will be war of Morality and great learning for future humanity to live in the awareness so even if they have to fight a war it will be from awareness, with self-consciousness, from subjectivity, where they merge with the universe. They have to surrender to the universe. In that act through the body the divine will appear and do it’s act. Who has to run the whole universe. Nothing for the individual but for the existence, whole.

MOST COMMON YOGA INJURIES AND HOW TO AVOID THEM
 Saraswati Pal  
 21 August 2019  

Yoga injuries happen. Especially if you’re new to the practice, if you haven’t taken the time to properly warm up, or sometimes if you’re just unlucky. Today we’re discussing how to avoid yoga injuries, in particular the common yoga injuries – whether you’re a practitioner or a teacher – and what steps you can take to help prevent injuries from your yoga class.Wrist Injuries: In yoga, we spend a lot of time in postures that put stress on the wrists, e.g. Downward Facing Dog. It’s not uncommon for a wrist injury to occur. The best way to avoid this yoga injury is to ensure your wrists are properly warmed up both before and as you practice: spend some time gently rolling and stretching your wrists out before class starts. If you’re a teacher, make sure you guide students through a sufficient wrist warm up to avoid injury. Another way to help prevent a wrist injury is to make sure you spread your fingers wide and really press all ten fingers into the ground as you take a posture like Downward Facing Dog, which will help build strength around the joint and thus help prevent injury from your yoga class.Neck Injuries: These yoga injuries tend to happen when a practitioner hasn’t built the appropriate strength or flexibility and attempts an advance posture like headstand. As teachers, it is important to remind students how to prevent injuries in yoga, and one piece of advice is to tell your class to listen to their bodies and to not attempt a posture they don’t feel ready for. Yoga is a great tool to cultivate self-awareness – only you know what’s right for you and your body – so make sure you’re listening and if you don’t feel warm enough or prepared enough to attempt a posture, then don’t.Lower Back: This yoga injury is usually caused by repetition and a lack of body awareness which results in bad form. We spend a lot of time in a forward fold in yoga, so to avoid lower back injuries in a yoga class, make sure you (as the teacher) are providing good cues and modifications for your students and that you (as the student) are listening to the cues and not rounding in the lower back. In forward folds, a simple tool to avoid injury can be to bend your knees to take some of the pressure off the lower back, and focus on leading with the chest to ensure you fold forward with a flat back and proper form.Hamstrings: Limited flexibility in the hamstrings can cause practitioners to over-stretch and injure this muscle group. To avoid yoga injuries caused by tight hamstrings, make sure you are taking a bend in the knee and focus on lengthening through the spine as you forward fold. You will also want to engage through the quadriceps as you lengthen into the hamstrings which will provide stability for your stretch. You should never feel pain at the point of insertion in your hamstrings in any posture; if you do, stop what you are doing and prevent this common yoga injury.In essence, the best form of defense against a yoga injury is an adequate warm up, practicing good form, and self-awareness. So limber up, listen to your body, and enjoy your yoga class safely!For more information About Yoga so please visit us: https://www.krantiyoga.com

Bhagavad Gita Verse 2.69
 Dhwani Shah  
 3 September 2019  

Don’t Renounce - In Gita Verse 2.69 What is night for all beings is the time of awakening for the self-controlled; and the time of awakening for all beings is night for the introspective sage.Krishna is now saying the person who is awake while sleeping is Yogi. It has got nothing to do which whether you live in jungle, or middle of world. Whether you have renonce the objective world or not. It’s about how we live it. That makes you Yogi, Sannyasin, not by renouncing the objective world. Everyone have to live in the world but as awaken person.This World Is Not to Be Renounced:All the religions have been teaching, “Renounce the world.” Krishna teach you, transform the world.Renouncing it is sheer cowardice, and by renouncing it, nothing significant happens — the world goes on living, producing new generations in the old pattern. And the persons who have renounced the world — they also don’t go through a transformation, for a simple reason that they lose all opportunities where they can test whether they are growing or not. You can sit in the Himalayas for a half a century and you will feel silent, but that silence is not yours; it belongs to the Himalayas. Everything is silent, eternally silent, and there is nobody to disturb you.Just to get out of the situations where you get disturbed does not mean that you are attaining peacefulness; it simply means you are running away from situations where you are certain that your peace will be disturbed. Renouncing the world has never been my idea; it was always to change it.Millions of people are suffering, and suffering for stupid reasons. It is absolutely inhuman to turn your back on it and move to the mountains or to the deserts to live peacefully there. That peace is very cheap, very superficial; it has almost no meaning. Just come back to the world and it will be disturbed, it will be shattered into pieces. And that will be immensely significant to awaken you, that what you have been thinking of as peace, silence, has been just a dream which is shattered by the reality, just as a mirror is shattered when hit by a rock… and it is shattered forever. That mirror you cannot put together again, and all those years that you were enjoying the idea that you have attained peace have gone down the drain.This world is not to be renounced. There are beautiful people, there are immensely capable people; they just have never come across a person who could have triggered a process of mutation in their life.Krishna is not for renunciation but for living in awareness, even while sleeping. We are sleeping while we are awake. He is saying be awake while sleeping also, and you will live the life of Yogi.Yoga Nidra:Yoga nidra is a state in which the body is completely relaxed, and the practitioner becomes systematically and increasingly aware of the inner world by following a set of verbal instructions. This state of consciousness is different from meditation in which concentration on a single focus is required. In yoga nidra the practitioner remains in a state of light withdrawal of the 5 senses (pratyahara) with four senses internalised, that is, withdrawn, and only hearing still connects to any instructions given. The goals of both yogic paths, yoga nidra and meditation are the same, a state of meditative consciousness called samadhi.It is among the deepest possible states of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness. In lucid dreaming, one is only, or mainly, cognizant of the dream environment, and has little or no awareness of one's actual environment.Yoga nidra results in conscious awareness of the deep sleep state, which is called prajna in the Mandukya Upanishad.Krishna is saying to Arjuna there is no need to renounce the life and any circumstances. Live with total awareness and in the middle of the war while fighting the war you will be Witnessing Consciousness, Whole. Without renouncing anything you will be Yogi, means like Lotus. Taking birth from mud, living in the mud, still mud will not touch you. NO NEED TO RENOUNCE.

Bhagavad Gita Verse 3.3
 Dhwani Shah  
 9 September 2019  

Sinless - In Gita Verse 3.3 The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: O sinless Arjuna, I have already explained that there are two classes of men who try to realize the self. Some are inclined to understand it by empirical, philosophical speculation, and others by devotional service.Krishna is saying there are two paths to realize your self, subjectivity. One is Gyan Yoga, and another is Bhakti Yoga.Both of them reaches to themselves.Gyan Yogi is one who adds meditation to thought. He links meditation to the world of thought. He begins to think meditatively. A new practice is added: whatever one does is done with awareness. When the state of thought plus meditation is established the journey towards witnessing begins.Meditation is a change of direction.Whatever meditation is joined to becomes a vehicle for moving towards witnessing.And the Bhakti Yoga – adding meditation to emotion, a deep joining of meditation and emotion, the whirlpool of meditation and feeling! While feeling become meditative.Before saying that there are two paths. He addresses Arjuna ‘SINLESS ARJUNA’ and gave a message to everyone of us that all of us are sinless.What Is Sin?To the Upanishads, it is not related to the doing at all. What you do is irrelevant; what you are is the point. It is not the doing but the being itself that is significant.So what will it mean to call a man a sinner? We mean that he is ignorant, unaware of his own self. Because of this ignorance, his acts become sins. The act can become a sin only because the doer is ignorant, unaware, unconscious, is living in a state of sleep. Ignorance is sin and awareness is virtue. Your acts are irrelevant because they are not central; in the center is your consciousness. If something is wrong with the consciousness, your acts will go wrong. If the consciousness is set right, your acts will follow.So just to go on changing your acts will not lead you anywhere. You can commit a sin, you can repent a sin, you can replace a sin by virtue, by a virtuous act – but it will not be of any meaning for the Upanishads if you remain the same. Unless you change, your consciousness changes, unless you attain a new plane of being, a new plenitude, just a change of your acts is useless.So the Upanishads do not think in terms of acts; they think in terms of your being. Alert, aware, conscious, you are virtuous. Why? – Because the more you are alert and conscious and aware, the less is the possibility of committing a sin. The basic requirement for committing a sin is to be unconscious.For example, you can be angry only if you forget yourself. If you are self-remembering, aware, anger is impossible. It cannot exist with awareness. No coexistence is possible. When you are aware, it is not that you control your anger, restrain your anger, suppress your anger – no! It simply cannot be there. In a fully aware person, anger cannot exist; just as in a fully lighted room darkness cannot exist. The coexistence is impossible.The moment you bring a lamp into the dark room, the darkness is no more there. With the light the darkness cannot exist. And the Upanishads say it is futile and foolish to fight with darkness because you cannot fight with darkness. If you fight you will be defeated. Howsoever strong you may be, you cannot fight darkness because darkness is only the absence of light. Bring the light and darkness disappears.The Upanishads say sin is darkness. Bring the light of consciousness and sin disappears. Do not fight with the sin; do not be concerned directly with the sin; do not think in terms of sin. Otherwise you will feel guilty and it will not be a spiritual growth; rather, it will be a fall.Krishna says to everyone either through Gyan Yoga or by Bhakti Yoga connect through meditation either your thinking or emotion and move towards witnessing.

5 Useful Health Tips For Full Time Bloggers
 Rahul Yadav Digital Marketing Expert  
 12 September 2019  
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Finally you have decided to blog seriously…….that you should because you have committed to make it worth of you efforts and desires. But along side you should always take care of your health. Since I stated staring at my screen, I have felt that I have learned SEO, Adsense, Affiliate Marketing and a lot more but was loosing my health as well. And millions of like me might too are on the same path to achieve success in this profession. But what is worth of that money if not able to encash it. Here I am going to discuss some tips and techniques to keep you healthy while keep committed to your work. These health tips serious bloggers should always follow.5 Health tips Serious Bloggers should always follow1. Make a blue print of your daily routineThis is what going to help you a lot to distinguish your work and rest time. Write down every activity you planning in day and give sufficient time to your body to rest in between. Thus you will be able to finish more work in less time. History says , A successful man always do planning and moreover ‘Failing to plan is Planning to fail’. Include daily morning exercise for 30 minutes in your routine. Write down clearly how many post you have write today(Preferably one). Don’t try to add too much to your list. Keep it viable for a day.2. Checklist of Morning Exercise you need to followLets see how morning checklist defines your day-500ml (16 ounces) of water first thing in the day.Some sort of physical movement to tell your body that the day has started means quick 5-minute walk.Conduct your exercise or Practice Yoga.Expose your body to Sun for 10-15 minutes because you may not get chance to do it in mid day or could not do because of heat.Some Deep breathing exercises to keep your brain healthy. Mind and body coordination exercises are great for you.Stretch your body and neck.Have a healthy breakfast.3. Diet for Computer GeeksBeing a blogger, you don’t need many calories. Best for you is to cut out the empty calories: sugar, starch, refined carbohydrates like bread and white rice.  Go as light as possible on these as they will elevate your blood sugar, your body will responds by upping its insulin and you’ll get sleepy.  More importantly, in 20 years you’ll get type II diabetes.Smaller, more frequent meals will help you regulate your blood sugar and keep your energy up without crashing from a big meal.This isn’t really about food, but you should think about getting some exercise if you aren’t already.  Just enough to avoid the diseases associated with inactivity.  It’s highly unlikely that all your time in front of a screen is productive, so cut some of that out and move around.  When you come to a problem that takes more thinking than typing to solve, think while moving around.BreakfastPrefer eating whole grain cereal, namely Shredded Wheat, this stuff is packed full of fiber and iron and very low on sugars and other bad agents for you. Avoid taking too much calories.LunchAround 500-600 calories for lunch with rich fruits, They provide the body with the required amount of nutrients to replenish the brain and also keep the individual overall healthy. Alternatively, the diet for them should not include foods that are very oily, spicy or even fried foods as they tend to result in weight gain which in turn could lead to various other medical conditions .DinnerKeep it like a beggar. That’s it.4. What should be your work habitsAlways prefer to work in comfortably , How-Use a comfortable chair and table to work on.Sitting position should be straight.Wear eye protector preferably a glass to protect your eyes.Maintain proper distance between screen and you.Stare at somewhere else after 20 minutes of screen for 30 seconds.Make you hand in “L” position while holding mouse. It will keep your hand relaxed.Have proper lighting in room where you working.Take your break and utilize it properly.Stare at somewhere for sometime constantly.Have water or coffee at regular intervalsRelax in between by leaning back on your chair and take deep breaths.5. Please follow these after work habitsAfter work time is mere a key to reducing fatigue and mental stress,Make it work for you here-Plan your weekends for outings with friends or dear ones.Give proper time to your family.Don’t share your family time with your computer.Define working hours if you are at home worker. Ask your partner to cooperate you and try not to disturb you while your work hours.If you Freelance at weekends, please schedule it and get proper time to enjoy.Watch movies and hangout a lot.Be social, the serious concern about bloggers is that they start confining them to isolation due to nature of job.Play outdoor games daily after work preferably in evening.Take proper sleep. 7-8 hours sleep is mandatory for we brain burners.Avoid alcohol and smoking if possible.I think I have tried to explain some important health tips for bloggers or for those who have screen mania . Please comment below for any suggestion.

300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh
 Kunwar Yoga  
 12 September 2019  

In Kunwar Yoga's a 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh you will investigate the history, theory, life systems, energies, morals and business of yoga. you will finish the preparation with associate extended comprehension of yoga, consequent attentiveness and additionally the devices to unquestionably and firmly lead vinyasa yoga classes. even so whether or not or not you show open classes or just improve your comprehension of yoga, this preparation will convey a balanced encounter for all. Endless supplier of this yoga professional person preparing you will have accomplished the essential desires for a 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh certification through Yoga Alliance.Kunwar Yoga a 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh offers a balanced preparing background furthermore as an address, discourse, reasonable application, and experiential learnings. It's associate empowering and testing program that addresses the issues of the numerous learning styles.Kunwar Yoga a 300 Hour Yoga TTC in Rishikesh to not utterly guarantee learners can depart this world AN hour-long management vinyasa grouping, but that they're doing in and of itself in their own voice and class. we tend to indicate clear associated temporary prompting with AN attention on comprehensive language and changes to make positive the total ton of understudies' capacities square measure met.Kunwar Yoga YTT is targeted on providing components of yoga that square measure necessary to possess a balanced comprehension of yoga custom as advancement to best serve our time and culture. Theory, life systems, showing approach, and self-improvement keeps the guidance of yoga educating.

Bhagavad Gita Verse 3.7
 Dhwani Shah  
 13 September 2019  

Karma Yoga - In Gita Verse 3.7 On the other hand, if a sincere person tries to control the active senses by the mind and begins karma-yoga without attachment, he is by far superior.Krishna here gave distinction of Karma Yoga. In Bhagavad Gita Verse 3.3, Krishna explain us Gyan Yoga and Bhakti Yoga. In this verse he speaks regarding Karma Yoga. Till we are alive in the body, our body will act, there will be action through our body. But when we act, from where our actions come, that makes the whole difference.Just recollect moment in your life when you are angry your action is anger, when you are loving your action is loving, affectionate, if you replay your this incidence again and again you will realize that you were unconscious when your anger or love emotion was present in your action. You were self-unconscious. Even if you realize such a small thing you will find certain space is opening in you, which is you may name as empty like canvas.But like in our education unless we were introduced ‘A’ we will not know the ‘A’, the same way this empty space is who we are, not introduce to us. So we are unknown and ignorant towards self. Many times during the day we come across this space but because we have not got proper education to recognize ourselves we are unknown to this. Krishna says unless you act from this empty space, which has got no judgements, emotions, thinking, your act cannot come from non-attachment. This empty space is our subjectivity, our soul. We are ignorant regarding our empty space as all the religion has taught us scriptures but not introduce us this space, which is Who We Are.What Krishna says you don’t have choice for action but you have a choice whether you want to act from your unconsciousness or consciousness, your attachments or non-attachments. If your actions are from non-attachment then you are liberated.To Karma Yoga, Sufis call it “the watcher on the hills.” The valleys go on changing but the watcher remains on the top of the hill. Sometimes the valley is dark and sometimes the valley is light and sometimes there is dancing and singing and sometimes there is weeping and crying – and the watcher sits on the hill-top and just goes on watching.By and by the content of consciousness does not matter only consciousness becomes significant. That is the essential foundation of all true religion. And this is the understanding of the Sufis.There are four ways to approach truth, to be connected with truth.The first is known in the East as karma yoga – the way of action. Man has three dimensions in him: action, knowing, feeling. So three ways use these three directions: action, knowing, feeling. You can act, and you can act with total absorption, and you can offer your act to God. You can act without becoming a doer. That is the first way – karma yoga: being in action without being a doer. You let God do. You let God be in you. You efface yourself.In this, the path of action, consciousness changes the content. These two things have to be understood: consciousness and content. This is all that your life consists of. There is something which is the knower in you and something which is the known. For example, you are listening to music. Now two things are there: whatsoever music plays will be the content, and whatsoever you are inside, listening, watching, that is the consciousness. You are looking at instruments, through which music is played. Then instrument in your eyes is the content and you, who are looking at that instrument in the eye, are consciousness – the object and the subject.On the path of action, consciousness changes the content That is what action is. You see a rock. Somebody may stumble upon it – because it is getting dark, night is falling. so you remove the rock from the path. This is action. What have you done? Consciousness has changed the content.On the path of action, content is important and has to be changed. If somebody is ill and you go and serve him and you give him medicine, you are changing the content. If somebody has fallen in the river and is drowning, you jump in and you save him from drowning. You have changed the content.Action is content-directed. Action is will – something has to be done. Of course, if the will remains ego-oriented, then you will not be religious. You will be a great doer, but not religious. And your path will be of action but not towards God. When you allow God to become your will, when you say, “Let thy will be mine,” when you surrender your will to the feet of god and his will starts flowing through you, then it is the path of action – karma yoga.The goal of karma yoga is freedom, moksha – to change the contents so much that nothing antagonistic is left there, nothing harmful is left there; to change the content according to your heart’s desire, so that you can be free of limitations. This is the path of Jainism, yoga, and all action-oriented philosophies.Krishna tells Arjuna that you will be librearated if you do your part of action align with the universal will, God’s will, your act will be non-attached. So just focus on your assignment of the Universe, Fight Without Enmity.

Bhagavad Gita Verse 3.8
 Dhwani Shah  
 14 September 2019  

Prescribed Duty - In Gita Verse 3.8 Perform your prescribed duty, for doing so is better than not working. One cannot even maintain one’s physical body without work.Krishna now very specifically says to Arjuna, you act on your universal assignment. Fight Without Enmity. If you can fight this war and perform your prescribed duty of universal assignment then you will understand what I am saying. To maintain our body we need to work, if we stop working then our body will not be able to function.God not only to Arjuna but to everyone of us has given opportunity to act and simultaneously become self-aware. Overnight we will not realize what assignment we have got from God. Like when we enter the school they don’t say that you will become an economist, engineer, doctor, architech, etc. They just start with alphabets with everyone. Once you start studying you will know what further study you want to do. But that need certain time.Our Karma Yoga, means from our routine work starts. When we are walking are we self-alert, when we are taking a bath are we self-alert? Most of the time we are thinking either for the future or the past but never the time we are self-alert, self-alert means we are not aware of the sensations happening during that act in our body. As if some kind of current is passing through the space inside of our body. This is the alphabet of self-alert. As this practice will increase suddenly you will find that you are become aware of your third dimension, witnessing consciousness of yours.Once you become familiar with your witnessing consciousness, slowly you will get the direction exactly like what you want to study more from alphabat, you will know direction and will be able to follow the universal wisdom for your action. From this you will know what is your universal assignment.Why it is said that we need to pass through so many birth, because as we start becoming familiar and act through that universal wisdom it takes so much time. Like you cannot become graduate overnight. Same way you will not realize your universal self, emptiness, witnessing consciousness overnight, it will take its own time.Witnessing:Meditation starts by being separate from the mind, by being a witness. That is the only way of separating yourself from anything. If you are looking at the light, naturally one thing is certain: you are not the light, you are the one who is looking at it. If you are watching the flowers, one thing is certain: you are not the flower, you are the watcher.Watching is the key of meditation:Watch your mind.Don't do anything – no repetition of mantra, no repetition of the name of god – just watch whatever the mind is doing. Don't disturb it, don't prevent it, don't repress it; don't do anything at all on your part. You just be a watcher, and the miracle of watching is meditation. As you watch, slowly mind becomes empty of thoughts; but you are not falling asleep, you are becoming more alert, more aware.As the mind becomes completely empty, your whole energy becomes aflame of awakening. This flame is the result of meditation. So you can say meditation is another name of watching, witnessing, observing – without any judgment, without any evaluation. Just by watching, you immediately get out of the mind.Whatever Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and other people like him are doing is good, but they are calling something meditation which is not. That's where they are leading people astray. If they had remained sincere and authentic and told people that this will give you mental health, physical health, a more relaxed life, a more peaceful existence, it would have been right. But once they started calling it 'transcendental meditation' they have raised a very trivial thing to an ultimate significance which it cannot fulfill. People have been in transcendental meditation for years, and in the East, for thousands of years. But that has not become their self-knowing, and that has not made them Gautam Buddhas.If you want to understand exactly what meditation is, Gautam Buddha is the first man to come to its right, exact definition – that is witnessing.Krishna tells Arjuna perform your prescribed duty - Universal Assignment - instead of running away. Even your body also will survive only when it is in action. Become Witness to whole war and perform your duty by Fighting Without Enmity.

Bhagavad Gita Verse 3.27
 Dhwani Shah  
 3 October 2019  

Self-Realization - In Gita Verse 3.27 The spirit soul bewildered by the influence of false ego thinks himself the doer of activities that are in actuality carried out by the three modes of material nature.Krishna when says to Arjuna that how our Ego makes us unconscious. As conscious person like you also can become unconscious within no time.Everyone needs to be self-alert, self-conscious even in the sleep also. In my Bhagavad Gita Verse 2.69, I have wrote regarding Yoga Nidra.This question arises in our mind - What can we do from our side to surrender the ego, when this wanting to surrender it is, in itself, an intrinsic part?This question arises because we think that we are doer, karta.The ego is a puzzle. It is something like darkness – which you can see, which you can feel, which can obstruct your way but which does not exist. It has no positivity. It is simply an absence, an absence of light. The ego does not exist – how can you surrender it? The ego is only an absence of awareness.The room is full of darkness; you want the darkness to leave the room. You can do everything in your power – push it out, beat it out – but you are not going to succeed. Strangely enough, you will be defeated by something which does not exist. Exhausted, your mind will say the darkness is so powerful that it is not within your capacity to dispel it, to expel it. But that conclusion is not right. Just a small candle has to be brought in. You don’t have to expel the darkness. You don’t have to fight with it – that is sheer stupidity. Just bring in a small candle, and the darkness is not found anymore. Not that it goes out – it cannot go out, because in the first place it does not exist. Neither was it in, nor does it go out.To bring the candle we need our intelligence, we have to drop all our ideology, interpretations, judgements, then only we can become aware to bring the candle. Otherwise with our intellect and logic mind we will just go on fighting with darkness.The light comes in, the light goes out; it has positive existence. You can light a candle and there is no darkness; you can blow out the candle and there is darkness. To do anything with darkness, you will have to do something with light – very strange, very illogical, but what can you do? Such is the nature of things. You cannot surrender ego, because it does not exist. You can bring a little awareness, a little consciousness, a little light. Forget completely about the ego; concentrate totally on bringing alertness into your being. And the moment your consciousness has become a flame, concentrated, you will not be able to find the ego.So you cannot surrender when you are unaware and you cannot surrender when you are aware. The ignorant cannot surrender. And the wise man cannot even think of surrendering it, because it does not exist.Ego is a mirage – it only appears to be. And when you are fast asleep spiritually, it is tremendously strong; naturally it creates problems for you. Your whole misery is created by it, your tensions, your anxieties. Your ego brings the whole hell into your life. Naturally you want to surrender it. And there are religious priests, teachers all over the world telling you how to surrender it.Anybody who tells you how to surrender the ego is an idiot. He does not know anything about the nature of the ego, but he will look rational to you; he will be convincing. He will be appealing because he is speaking your own thinking aloud. He is your spokesman – this is what your mind says. He is more articulate than you are, and he brings all kinds of supportive arguments and proofs and quotations from scriptures, and they all say, “Unless you drop the ego you cannot attain to self-realization.” Naturally, nobody objects to such people. But the reality is just vice versa: it is not that you surrender the ego and the self-realization happens, no. The self-realization happens first, and then you cannot find the ego. That is its surrender.Krishna says it is very easy to fall and prey of ego, as many people will give you approval but to be self-alert you will be alone. Nobody can approve it. Only from your trust in yourself you can act through self-consciousness. Once from your realization if you act you will realize that you are not Karta but part of the whole. In your aloneness, and trust in yourself you will realize as you are past of you. As soon as this realization come all the misery which is result of unconsciousness will disappear.

Cisco Certification: The OSI Model, Part I
 noah james  
 3 October 2019  
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To vanquish the Prologue To Cisco Systems administration test, and to start the way toward turning into a specialist arrange troubleshooter, you need to ace the OSI model and realize what occurs at every one of the seven layers.In this three-section arrangement, we'll inspect each degree of the OSI model, giving specific consideration to the subtleties that will enable you to breeze through the CCNA tests and give you the establishment you have to turn into a genuine systems administration proficient.We'll begin at the top layer, the Application layer.It won't astonish you to find that the Application layer is the OSI model layer where most end clients have collaboration with said applications. Passing the CCNA test is all in the subtleties, however, and you have to realize what occurs at the Application layer, just as the normal and not really regular applications that keep running at this layer.The Application layer's undertakings incorporate distinguishing the remote correspondence accomplice, guaranteeing that the required assets for speaking with that accomplice exist, and client verification. In case you're incited for validation, you're doubtlessly at the Application layer of the OSI model.Remember that whenever requested to distinguish Application layer conventions. I've seen that CCNA competitors will in general distinguish Telnet as running at the Application layer. That is a justifiable confusion, since the main thing you enter in Telnet is an IP address, and it's regularly used to speak with a switch. In any case, remember that Telnet is an Application layer administration, not a System layer administration. You must confirm to Telnet to a Cisco switch in any case, recall!Other normal applications that keep running at Layer 7 are Straightforward Mail Move Convention (SMTP, port 25) and Document Move Convention (FTP, port 21).To put it plainly, if an end client is communicating with a program, particularly in the event that they're being provoked for confirmation by a program, for example, Telnet or FTP, they're working at the Application layer of the OSI model.How about we investigate the Introduction layer.Layer 6 of the OSI model is the Introduction Layer. While we don't have a lot of association with this layer, you have to comprehend what occurs at this layer to finish your Introduction and CCNA tests.The primary reason for the Introduction Layer is ensuring that the correspondence that will be seen at the Application Layer is displayed in the suitable arrangement.That is fine and dandy, however I don't get it's meaning? J Have you at any point opened an archive with MS Word and gotten screens and screen of trash? That is an introduction layer issue - the program being utilized to open the archive can't present the information in a proper configuration.The three significant assignments of the Introduction layer:1. Similarity with the working framework.2. Appropriate exemplification of information for system transmission.3. Information Arranging (ASCII, twofold)Encryption and pressure of information is additionally dealt with at the introduction layer.We should hold working our way down the OSI Model. Next up, the Session Layer!The Session layer of the OSI model fundamentally goes about as the administrator for the whole model. Some have considered it the PHB (Pointy-Haired Chief) of the OSI model if that causes you recollect its job, that is fine with me!The Session layer builds up, oversees, and tears down associations between applications. 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Trekking Vs. Hiking: How to Choose The Best One For You
 Manmohan Singh  
 9 October 2019  

Hiking and trekking are terms often used interchangeably. If you are an adventurer you might know the difference between the two. Both involve walking but hiking lasts for a much shorter time than trekking. The type of terrain and technical difficulty are where the differences in hiking and trekking lie.The two share few similarities but are different from each other. It is important to understand the differences between hiking and trekking and keep in mind to choose the best one for yourself.  This article brings the answer to your question of how to choose the best one for you between trekking and hiking:HikingHiking includes long hours of walking and is easier as it does not involve climbing skills and anyone will be able to do it. The level of difficulty of hikes varies but it is not too difficult for a person to pursue. If you are thinking to go for an adventure and trekking seems too difficult and time taking, you can start by taking a hike. Hiking does not involve any walking or overnight equipment to carry. If you are looking for hiking, then Nepal hiking tours offers budget friendly packages in the serene mountains with amazing experiences. If you want to experience adventure but are not up for many days that trekking involves and also you are scared, then hiking might be a convenient option for you. Hiking is a wonderful stress buster with minimum risk involved, away from busy life where you can detox yourself and breathe some fresh air and stay in the arms of nature for a while.Much of technical knowledge is not required, if you are physically fit, a hike is waiting for you to explore. TrekkingTrekking lasts for many days and requires physical fitness as it can be more demanding on the body. It involves more challenges than hiking as it lasts for more days. So, if you are an adventure junkie and like the adrenaline rush, then trekking is meant for you.Before planning a trek various factors have to be kept in mind like physical fitness, number of days involved and season. Generally, you will have to camp while trekking so it involves food and equipments.Trekking provides you a wider picture of nature as it involves climbing high altitudes and mountains.If you are a yoga lover, you can choose trekking tours that involves yoga to have a combination of experiences of both yoga and trekking.If you are a trekking enthusiast or want to try out trekking for the first time then Nepal trekking tours offer a range of packages depending upon the number of days and budget. Trekking tours packages are done in groups and as it lasts for a number of days you will be able to make new friends along the way and get to know about the culture and flora and fauna of that specific area. If you want to take the road less traveled then Mustang trekking tours might be right for you. It is a trek in the remote mountains of Nepal. The entire topography of Mustang is different from the other parts of Nepal which makes it a ‘must go to’ place for a trek.   You will have time to interact with the locals on a trekking tour where you can learn about their food, language, tradition and culture. Trekking will transform you physically and mentally. You will learn about your body.Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Inca Trail, etc. are some of the most popular treks.“It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.”  - Sir Edmund Hillary

Bhagavad Gita Verse 3.41
 Dhwani Shah  
 19 October 2019  

Inner Senses - In Gita Verse 3.41 Therefore, O Arjuna, best of the Bhāratas, in the very beginning curb this great symbol of sin [lust] by regulating the senses, and slay this destroyer of knowledge and self-realization.Krishna tells Arjuna that unless you start using your inner senses you cannot conquered the desire the lust. Once you know how to use the inner senses you become self-realizes. Also remember that with the use of your inner senses if you can conquer the desire then you will be able to Fight Without Enmity.Having obtained the use of the inner senses, having conquered the desires of the outer senses, having conquered the desires of the individual soul, and having obtained knowledge, prepare now, to enter upon the way in reality. The path is found; make yourself ready to tread it.Having obtained the use of the inner senses… We know about our outer senses, but each sense has a double dimension. For example, eyes: they can look out. This is only one dimension of their functioning. They can also look inward, that is their other function. Or, ears: you can hear what is happening outside. That is one function, one dimension. You can also hear what is happening within. That is another function, another dimension.Every sense has two doors. One opens into the outer world, the other opens into the inner world. Each sense is both outer and inner, but we only use our senses in one way. We have become fixated, we have forgotten that those same senses can be used to reach within.Having obtained the use of the inner senses… Having obtained the hidden dimension of the senses, many things can become possible because a new world opens before you. The inner is as vast as the outer, the inner is as great as the outer. You are standing just in between, you are standing just in between the inner and the outer – two universes.The outer is vast. They say it is infinite, endless, beginningless: there is no boundary to it. The same is also true for the inner: no boundary – the inner space is, again, infinite. The outer is being searched by scientific methods and the inner can be searched through yogic methods.Science has developed much, and has come to know much about the outer world. But the inner has become forgotten; it is no longer remembered. We are rich now as far as the outer world is concerned, outer experiences are concerned, and we have become absolutely poor, beggars, as far as the inner is concerned. But what is the use of gaining the whole world if, in gaining it, you lose yourself?If the self is lost, what is gained? Even if you gain the whole world, nothing is gained. If you lose yourself then the very meaning of life, the very significance – the beauty, the truth, the good, everything – is lost. Man can accumulate things, can accumulate powers, at the cost of losing himself. Then the whole point is missed.Science tries to magnify the outer senses. Now, through mechanical devices we can look far away into space, the eyes are magnified by scientific method. Now we can hear over long distances, scientific technology magnifies your ears.The same is also possible for the inner senses. Through meditation, through Yoga, through Tantra – the inner technologies – your inner senses are magnified. And once they are magnified, many things are revealed to you.Krishna tells Arjuna to use all his inner senses, instead of outer. Till the time he use his only outer senses he will have desire, lust, but once he will use his inner senses, he will be able to regulate his senses, and become self-realize. Krishna did not wanted to advice Arjuna or guide Arjuna he just want him to be self-realize. As during the war only thing which can help him to Fight Without Enmity is his own self-realization. No advice or guidance will be of any help to him.

Bhagavad Gita Verse 4.1
 Dhwani Shah  
 22 October 2019  

Inner Science - In Gita Verse 4.1 The Personality of Godhead, Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa, said: I instructed this imperishable science of yoga to the sun-god, Vivasvān, and Vivasvān instructed it to Manu, the father of mankind, and Manu in turn instructed it to Ikṣvāku.Krishna is saying that this is not the first time I am sharing with you Arjuna, the sciences of inner, I have shared this knowledge before also to the sun-god, Vivasvān, and Vivasvān instructed it to Manu, the father of mankind, and Manu in turn instructed it to Ikṣvāku.They also have shared with others by knowing and creating their own experience. They took this knowledge but without practicing on them, without creating their own experience they have not shared with anyone.If you will take this knowledge and fight this war without enmity, it will become your knowing and not knowledge, and you will be able to share your experience of Fighting Without Enmity to future humanity. They will also learn that how we need to take any information and knowledge from others. When Krishna says the science of yoga means that don’t reject any knowledge but never try to share with others without you have experiments with yourself. You are your own laboratory for your inner science. If without experiencing that if you will share with others it will be egoistic. You will like to use that words to others to control others by your knowledge.Never reject your body but use it knowledge to act through your body, then wait and listen to your body guidance, but like scientist never repeat that action again, always find out how you can act innovatively. If you will repeat your action it will be from knowledge and not from your knowing.Try this experiment - when Krishna tells Arjuna to fight without enmity, don’t take it as words, but try to act without anger. Just remember that in your action there is no anger. And you will be surprise that every time when anger comes with your reminder to yourself, - I will act without anger - you will find that all the time your action and respond in that circumstances will be different.This is the message of universe, message of Krishna, Christ, Osho, Buddha. Use your body but respond through your own self-remembering.In my Bhagavad Gita Verse 1.4, I wrote in detail regarding self-remembering.First step to transcend your knowledge to knowing is self-remembering. Wait and look inside if you know that some intangible guidance through your body - means you have directed your senses from second door - from inner - then take any action. This will give you freshness, relaxed experience, silence. This is sign of your action from knowing and not from the knowledge.One of the simplest way is to be total in your action to transcend from knowledge to knowing.The miracle is that when one can go into one’s emotions a hundred percent, all that is wrong starts disappearing. That is the miracle. And all that is right starts growing. A really total person will not be able to be angry. In the beginning when you start you will be more and more angry, but soon the point comes when you are totally angry and see the naked futility of anger, the utter absurdity of anger, the insanity of anger. When you have seen it – not because Buddha has said so or I have said so – it will drop. The seeing is enough. You need not drop it, it drops of its own accord.A total person will be able to love and unable to hate. A total person will be able to be compassionate and will be unable to be angry. That is the end. I am not telling you to be a buddha right now. But one has to begin somewhere. One has to start moving in the direction of being a buddha.You will miss the point if you try to follow the words go in totality. With that you may like to become perfectionist. No - I am not teaching you any kind of perfectionism, I am not giving you any ideals. Totality is certainly not an ideal; it sounds as if it is. It is just a different style of life. Right now you are living a lifestyle which can be called partial – only parts of your being are allowed to surface, only the tip of the iceberg. You are living in fragments, you are living split. This is a kind of schizophrenic life.Misery is bound to be the outcome of it – misery and only misery. Bliss is the consequence of being one, integrated. That’s exactly the meaning of the word yoga: union, integration, oneness.Krishna tells Arjuna to be total and experience all his senses from inside, so that he can act from his knowing and not from his knowledge.

Trending Hobby Ideas
 Trupti Paikaray  
 29 October 2019  
Art

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Ayurvedic Approach To Erectile Dysfunction - Remedies That Can Help!
 ashu sharma  
 1 November 2019  

IntroductionErectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to get or keep an erection firm enough to have sexual intercourse. It's also sometimes referred to as impotence. ED is the result of how long does an erection last, because when the erection time is less then only it results in erectile dysfunction.Erectile dysfunction is activated by a few factors, for example, mental stress, despondency, over the top utilization of liquor, smoking, low testosterone levels, penile issues and nerve related issue.As indicated by ayurveda, erectile dysfunction is the aftereffect of the interruption of one of the vaayus of the body titled apaanavayu. Apaanavayu is situated in the balls, urinary bladder, phallus, crotch and rear-end. It controls discharge, erection and furthermore the entry of stool and pee. Ayurvedic measures to treat erectile dysfunction utilize a blend of herbal pills, massages and adjustments in the patient's way of life to help erection. A blend of every one of these cures is titled vajikarana treatment. It deduces that this treatment helps men in beating issues confronted while sex including erectile dysfunction. It additionally upgrades the nature of sperm, and sperm motility. Ayurvedic Solutions for treat erectile dysfunction Herbs that incorporate, vangabhasma, lauhabhasma, shilajitu, hingula, yashtimadhu, pravalapishti, kapikacchu, and kupeelu are advantageous in expanding sperm tally. These herbs likewise support erection by aiding in expanding the term for which a man can hold his erection. Kajjali, satavari, vanga bhasma, jiraka, vidarikanda, bala, tamra bhasma, ativisha, jatiphala, karpura, lavanga and abhrakabhasma, are known to have properties that can treat erectile dysfunction. Ayurvedic massages for erectile dysfunction There are different oils that are utilized by ayurveda professionals to ease an individual of stress. Stress is one of the significant reasons that lead to erectile dysfunction. Home grown oils that utilized for body back rubs contain herbs, for example, bala kashaya and bala kalka have therapeutic powers. There remember pressure, restore the body, stop the backward procedure of maturing and furthermore support the moxie. Sesame based oils are utilized to knead the penis which loosens up the pelvic zone, expands blood dissemination and furthermore helps in expanding the span of an erection. The herbs present in these oils incorporate, bala, ashwagnadha, shatavari and sariva. Way of life changes for erectile dysfunction As ayurveda depends on the rule that general wellbeing of the body and psyche directly affects any sort of treatment. Yoga and reflection are significant techniques by which the body can be empowered and the mind invigorated. This in the long run aides in treatment of erectile dysfunction as the body by increasing the average erection time and psyche respond to treatment. Satisfactory rest is another basic fixing on which the achievement pace of treatment depends. Eight hours of rest will guarantee that the body is loose and calm. Dietary changes, for example, the consideration of ghee, nuts, urad (dark gram) lentil and sweet things detailed help in the fix of erectile dysfunction. Hot and spicy nourishments ought to be evaded as they can agitate the doshas of the body and obstruct treatment.

Bhagavad Gita Verse 4.17
 Dhwani Shah  
 10 November 2019  

Martial Art - In Gita Verse 4.17 The intricacies of action are very hard to understand. Therefore one should know properly what action is, what forbidden action is and what inaction is.Krishna is saying that it’s very difficult to understand the complexity of existence and act. When to act how to act, when restrict ourselves from act, what is inaction.First start from Inaction. When we are self-unconscious at that time we are not taking any initiative to act, is called inaction but when we become fully self-conscious we respond to the present moment, this is also inaction, we transcended our non-initiative to respond.During the journey from self-unconsciousness to self-consciousness we could not understand when and how to act. In Buddhism and Taoist they practice Martial Art. They practice Martial Art to defend. Once you learn this art then in your journey from Self-unconsciousness to Self-consciousness you will give hint when to act and when not to act. Your action will follow the awareness of act to defend.Practice of martial arts may not seem at first to be a particularly Taoist pursuit - after all martial means 'war like' and these skills are used to injure others. However, there is actually no contradiction - Taoist martial artists learn to defend themselves, not to attack others. At the same time they develop suppleness, fitness and timing. Success in the martial arts requires discipline, self-control and perseverance, thus they are also spiritual and mental activities.The primary unifying aspect of the East Asian martial arts, which sets them apart from other martial arts, is the influence of Taoism and Zen Buddhism. This influence has resulted in a strong emphasis on the mental and spiritual state of the practitioner, a state in which the rationalizing and calculating functions of the mind are suspended so that the mind and body can react immediately as a unit, reflecting the changing situation around the combatant. When this state is perfected, the everyday experience of the dualism of subject and object vanishes. Since this mental and physical state is also central to Taoism and Zen, and must be experienced to be grasped, many of their adherents practice the martial arts as a part of their philosophical and spiritual training. Conversely, numerous practitioners of the martial arts take up the practice of these philosophies.Through the Martial Art practice by spiritual seeker defend themselves means their focus is not on others, but on themselves. They practice Martial art to bring the awareness in their action. They have found by practicing this silence arises in them. They become silent. As in their action no aggressiveness their thoughts disappear. No-mind is found in very relaxed manner.Unless you are relaxed you cannot be in no-mind. No-mind simply means that you have stopped judging, fighting with mind. You started watching the mind.Mind is one of the most beautiful mechanisms. Science has not yet been able to create anything parallel to mind. Mind still remains the masterpiece, so complicated, so tremendously powerful, with so many potentialities. Watch it! Enjoy it!Watch the subtle nuances of the mind, the sudden turns, the beautiful turns, the sudden jumps and leaps; the games that mind goes on playing; the dreams that it weaves—the imagination, the memory; the thousand and one projections that it creates. Watch! Standing there, aloof, distant, not involved, by and by you will start feeling… The deeper your watchfulness becomes, the deeper your awareness becomes, and gaps start arising, intervals. One thought goes and another has not come, and there is a gap. One cloud has passed, another is coming and there is a gap.In those gaps, for the first time you will have glimpses of no-mind, you will have the taste of no-mind—call it the taste of Zen, or Tao, or Yoga. In those small intervals, suddenly the sky is clear and the sun is shining. Suddenly the world is full of mystery, because all barriers are dropped; the screen on your eyes is no more there. You see clearly, you see penetratingly. The whole existence becomes transparent.We are fortunate to understand Krishna from various practices. Be in gratitude towards all the practices and you will understand yourself in a very simple way.Krishna through Gita guiding us how to be with ourselves in the middle of the world.

Bhagavad Gita Verse 4.26
 Dhwani Shah  
 19 November 2019  

Middle - In Gita Verse 4.26 Some [the unadulterated brahmacārīs] sacrifice the hearing process and the senses in the fire of mental control, and others [the regulated householders] sacrifice the objects of the senses in the fire of the senses.Krishna says that the person who is suppressed their desires and person who has indulge into desire both of them cannot sacrifice their ego.Let us understand this verse by Buddha and Shorna:A youth, Prince Shrona, was initiated by Buddha. The people in the capital could not believe it. No one had ever imagined that Shrona would become a bhikkhu, a monk. Buddha's monks could not believe it either, their eyes were popping out when Shrona came and fell at Buddha's feet and said, ”Initiate me, make me a bhikkhu.”Shrona was an emperor, and a famous emperor. He was famous for indulgence. His royal palace had the most beautiful women of that era. His palace had the finest wines, gathered from every corner of the world. Celebration went on all night long, he slept all day. He was so drowned in indulgence that no one had ever thought he could imagine becoming a sannyasin. When he climbed the steps he didn't have railings put up, but had naked women stand there. He would climb the stairs putting his hand on their shoulders. He made his house into a heaven. His palace was such that gods in heaven would be jealous. The bhikkhus asked Buddha, ”We can't believe it, Shrona being initiated!” Buddha said, ”Whether you believe it or not, I knew he was going to take sannyas. To tell you the truth it is for him that I came to the capital today. What goes to one extreme will go to the other extreme too. Indulgence is one extreme, he did that completely. Now there is no way to move further there, no way to satisfy the ego. He has whatever is possible in that world. Now a wall has come in front of the ego, where can the ego go now? The ego demands more. Now there isn't any more, so the ego must return, must go back in the opposite direction. When the pendulum of a clock goes all the way to the right, it must return towards the left. Then it goes all the way to the left and has to return again to the right. When the pendulum of a clock is going to the left, remember that it is gathering momentum to go to the right. And when it is going to the right it is gathering momentum to go to the left. One who has a subtle vision will be able to see this. One who goes into extreme indulgence will one day go into extreme yoga.”Buddha said, ”Wait a few days, you will see the truth of what I am saying.” And people saw. The other bhikkhus walked on a well paved road, but Shrona walked through thorns and brush, his feet became drenched in blood. When the sun was hot the other bhikkhus sat in the shade of the trees. Shrona would stand in the sun. The other bhikkhus wore clothes, he used only a loincloth. And it seemed as if he was eager to drop the loin cloth too. Then one day he did drop it. The other bhikkhus ate once a day, Shrona ate only once in two days. The other bhikkhus ate sitting down. Shrona ate standing up. The other bhikkhus kept a bowl, Shrona didn't keep even a bowl, only his hand... he ate only the food that fit in his hand. His beautiful body shrivelled. Previously people used to come from miles around to see his body. His face had been very charming, immensely beautiful. After he had been a bhikkhu for three months anyone who saw him would not recall that this was Emperor Shrona. His feet became blistered, his body became black, he shrivelled and became just bones. And he went on disciplining himself. Buddha said, ”Do you see bhikkhus, I had told you that what goes to one extreme, will go to the other extreme! It is difficult to stop in the middle, because the middle is the death of the ego.” Then Shrona stopped eating. Then he stopped taking water. He continued from one extreme to another. It seemed he would be a guest on this earth only two or three more days, then die. This is when Buddha went to his door, to the tree under which he had built a hut to rest in. He was lying down. Buddha said to him, ”Shrona, I have come to ask you something. I have heard that when you were an emperor you had a passion for playing the veena, and that you were very skilled at playing it, that you took great interest in the veena. I have come to ask you a question: when the strings of the veena are very loose, will music arise or not?” Shrona said, ”What are you talking about? You know it well, if the strings are very loose music cannot arise, they cannot even sound a twang.” Buddha said, ”Then I ask you this: if the strings are tightened too much will music arise or not?” Shrona said, ”If they are tightened too much the strings will snap, music will not arise, only the sound of snapping strings will arise. How can music arise from the sound of an instrument breaking?” Then Buddha said, ”I have come to remind you. Just as you have experienced the veena, I experience the veena of life. I say unto you, if the strings of life are very tight music does not arise, and if the strings of life are very loose, again music does not arise. The strings need to be in the middle Shrona, neither too tight nor too loose. The greatest skill of a musician is in bringing the strings exactly to the middle, this is what is meant by tuning an instrument.” “The veena of life is exactly the same,” Buddha said, ”It is enough Shrona, wake up now. I was waiting to let you come to the extreme. At first your strings were very loose, now you have tightened them too much. Music didn't happen then, nor does it happen now: are you experiencing samadhi? What is all this that you are doing? Previously you stuffed yourself, now you are fasting to death. Previously you never went barefoot, if you went anywhere the road was covered with velvet. And now if the path is good you will not move on it. You move in the brush, in the thorns, on rough, rugged paths. Perhaps previously you had never drank water but only wine. Now you are afraid to drink even water! Now you want to avoid water too. Previously at your house incomparable meat dishes were prepared, now you are not ready even to eat dry bread. See how you have moved from one extreme to the other? That extreme was unmusical, this too is unmusical. I call out to you: Now is the time, come to the middle.” Tears began to flow from Shrona's eyes. He became alert. He saw his situation.What Krishna is saying to Arjuna also the same if you will go to any extreme you will not be able to sacrifice your ego.

Bhagavad Gita Verse 4.28
 Dhwani Shah  
 21 November 2019  

Empty Space - In Gita Verse 4.28 Having accepted strict vows, some become enlightened by sacrificing their possessions, and others by performing severe austerities, by practicing the yoga of eightfold mysticism, or by studying the Vedas to advance in transcendental knowledge.Krishna tells Arjuna that through various paths, many people have realized themselves. Only thing which is common in that is when they follow any path they don’t get stuck to the knowledge and teaching of that path. They take every word and try to practice in their routine life. They practice not to follow the words but how we can do the same act by sacrificing our ego to God.Unless we act and in that action always remain self-alert, then the same act can transcend our animal nature and nurture our consciousness to grow, this will nurture our seed of consciousness to grow, become self-realized. We don’t need to leave the objective world but through our self-alertness we can act from our subjectivity, which is empty space, without any judgements, interpretations, haterate, nothing of the mind will be there.When thoughts cease, who are you? An utter emptiness, nothingness, no-thingness. You are pure space, uncontaminated by anything. You are just a mirror reflecting nothing.This time let us understand this verse by what Zen Master Bukko said:TAKING THINGS EASILY AND WITHOUT FORCING, AFTER SOME TIME THE RUSH OF THOUGHT, OUTWARD AND INWARD, SUBSIDES NATURALLY, AND THE TRUE FACE SHOWS ITSELF.To be a self-realize is not a difficult job. It is not some achievement for which you need a Nobel Prize. It is the easiest thing in the world, because it has already happened without your knowing.The self-realization is already breathing in you. Just a little recognition, just a little turning inwards... and that has not to be done forcibly. If you do it forcibly you will miss the point. It is very delicate. You have to look inward playfully, not seriously. That's what he means by "taking things easily." Don't take anything seriously.Existence is very easy. You have got your life without any effort, you are living your life without any effort. You are breathing perfectly well without being reminded; your heartbeat continues even in your sleep - so easy is existence with you! But you are not so easy with existence. You are very close-fisted. You want everything to be turned into an achievement.Enlightenment cannot be an achievement. That which you have already - how can it be an achievement? The authentic master simply takes away things which you don't have and you believe you have, and he gives you that which you already have. You are having many things which you don't have at all, you just believe that you have them. The master's function is that of a surgeon, to cut all that is not you and leave behind just the essential core - the eternal being.It is a very easy phenomenon; you can do it on your own. There are no problems and no risk in taking things easily, but people take things very tensely. They take things very seriously, and that spoils the whole game.And remember, life is a game. Once you understand it as a game, a deep playfulness arises on its own accord. The victory is not the point; the point is to play totally, joyously, dancingly.What is called playfulness is very essential in the inquiry of your own being.Krishna tells Arjuna don’t become serious instead of that direct yourself towards yourself, and you will meet yourself. In that meeting you will sacrifice ego. As soon as you sacrifice the ego your act of fighting will transcend from the mind, which is all your attachments and hindrance to the Divine will. Where your body will be vehicle for divine and you will transcend your attachments to Fight Without Enmity.

Learning Yoga in an Exciting And Enthusiastic Way
 Rajat Purwal  
 26 November 2019  

Everyday routines can get monotonous and even worse, boring sometimes, be it a good routine or a bad routine; we all get tired to following the same pattern every now and then. Even a life altering practice like yoga is sometimes a burden on a certain day when you feel really low. This boredom while doing a certain thing turns into negligence which eventually turns into ignorance and not doing that activity altogether.Now it is very difficult to follow a yogic journey with multiple jobs and roles that people play in everyday lives, but yoga can be practiced very easily and in an enthusiastic way wherever you are in the world.Now the journey of yoga started with the hunger of a few yogis in ancient India, who wanted to connect with their spiritual self. But for achieving that, they had to surrender themselves completely to the yogic journey and practice detachment. One was to detach themselves from all the ideas of themselves that was formed due to habit, behavior, personality, titles, positions, power, materialistic attachments, familial and other bonding and desires and embark on the journey to achieve this new identity of the spiritual self. They were made to train the body and the mind in order to unite them when they had reached their full potentials and strengths. The word yoga is a Sanskrit word which translates to “the union”; the union of the body and the mind to reach the spirit. The mind and body were put to intense practice and that when they reached their optimum capabilities, to unite them with the help of breath that connected all the three worlds, the physical, the mental and the spiritual world.But this was 5000 years ago in ancient India and these were people of the era of truth where lies and tyranny was a condemned act. Now, in the 21st century, yoga has become a means to achieve a certain sense of balance in health and the perception of the world.However even today, yoga can become a part of the monotonous routine for many and people forget about the practice after they have once achieved a sense of balance, which for them, seems entirely enough. But yoga is a practice that must be done every day so how does one deal with this lack of motivation? Is there a way to practice yoga in an exciting and an enthusiastic way?Well yes there are many ways to make yoga exciting, here are a few:Attend yoga retreats:Yoga retreats are a great way to fall in love with yoga all over again. In a retreat one can simply enjoy the bliss of practicing yoga with many other friends while at an exotic destination and beautiful landscapes minus the daily routine and plus the goodness of pampering of the self with the services at the retreat. Goa, which is the party hub of India, is one such destination that accommodates the practice of yoga in a fun and exciting manner. One can easily attend yoga teacher training in Goa at a renowned school of yoga and even attend a 200 hour yoga teacher training in Goa.Attend yoga with your partner:If you are a couple wanting to practice yoga every day, you must attend yoga classes with your partner. It gives you a chance to bond with each other physically and mentally while obtaining a healthy balance of understanding in your relationship.Yoga with themes:Nowadays, people have come up with a lot of interesting themes to associate with yoga. One may have heard about yoga with pets, yoga with flamingoes, yoga with puppies and even, yoga with beer. These are all exciting concepts for yoga enthusiasts and help you to keep yourself engaged with the excitement while still practicing yoga every day.Look for an enthusiastic yoga instructor/teacher:A lot of the enthusiasm towards yoga also depends on the teacher, or the instructor you learn yoga under. Look for an instructor with good moral values, communication skills, and a good amount of student-teacher engagement, a feisty will to teach yoga and someone who brings out the best in you in any way possible. 

Herbs for constipation
 Roxanna hall  
 26 November 2019  
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Herbs for constipation:Constipation is a condition in which bowel movements become infrequent, hampering the sound excretion process. If there is less bowel movement once a day, causing an urge to do more but unable to do it, you are suffering from mild constipation. Chronic constipation is followed by rare bowel movements that vary from two to three times a week.The underlying causes of constipation include consuming less water, low fiber diet, more intake of spicy and oily foods, stress, resisting to poop, pregnancy, different eating disorders, alcohol consumption, and unhealthy lifestyle. Some symptoms of constipation include:Need help emptying your rectumHard stoolsabdominal painstraining for a smooth bowel movementfeeling as "blocked" or can't leave your bowelsnausea and bloatingConstipation is an uncomfortable condition and also makes life painful. Whenever you're feeling weighed down and bloated, and you want to get fast relief, why not take the natural path?Effective natural remedies for constipation –Before going for medication, one should practice natural ways to soothe your bowel movement, such as:Drinking plenty of water and fluidsExercise moreDrink caffeinated coffeeEat light food.Avoid dairy products for a few daysEating prunesUsing herbal remediesIt is quite easy to find herbal remedies for constipation. Many over-the-counter laxatives contain herbal ingredients in them. These Laxative herbs contain a substance called Anthraquinones that have a stimulating effect on the intestines. They work by drawing in the fluid to the Colon, thereby increasing Peristalsis Movement. Peristalsis is the contraction movement of the viscera that helps move material through the Colon to the rectum. Fiber and fluids, when consumed in enough quantity, also act as laxatives making the bowel movement smoother.Let us discuss five herbs that can be considered while suffering from constipation. 1. Cascara sagrada (buckthorn)This is a herbal laxative extracted from the bark of buckthorn tree. It works as a stimulant laxative. This extract works by muscle contraction in the intestine, which in turn irritates the Colon to promote bowel movements. Experts usually suggest it for short-term use. These chemicals react with bacteria in the gut and stimulate bowel movement.2. PsylliumPsyllium is a natural fiber laxative that helps in creating bulk stools. It is a member of the plantain plant species. It is often used to cure chronic constipation and is used by combining it with other laxatives, both natural and synthetic. Psyllium, if taken 1.5 gram twice a day for 15 days, increases water content and weight of the stool. Thus it increases the total number of bowel movements and gives an ultimate relief to the people suffering from chronic constipation. 3. RhubarbIts underground stem is used to make medicines. It is popularly known as an ingredient for pie. This product is also used to treat constipation. Rhubarb has a laxative effect, but some studies show that it has anti-diarrheal effects because of the compound tannin present in it. But it is advised that one should use Rhubarb on a short-term basis for constipation.4. SennaSenna is a herb. Its leaves and fruits are used to make medicines. People can also use Senna for treating infrequent evacuation of feces and clear the bowel. The fruit seems to be gentler than the leaf. Still, it should only be used for the short term and at the recommended doses. Senna pills are effective against constipation and are available at most drug stores. It has side-effects if used for long-term in high-doses. Senna is also beneficial for treating this condition when used in combination with psyllium or docusate sodium. In older people, Senna and psyllium are more effective than lactulose for treating ongoing constipation. Senna Plus Docusate Sodium is also useful for older adults and for those who have undergone Anorectal Surgery as well.5. Slippery elmIt is a tree, and its inner bark is used to make medicine. People can also use this herb for treating constipation. It stimulates the nerves in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, which in turn leads to mucus production and provides instant relief from constipation. Its long-term effects are not known. It contains the sticky substance mucilage, which coats the GI tract, which helps in getting rid of feces. As a result, it may reduce the absorption of some medications if taken at the same time.Other solutionsOther herbs are also available that don't treat constipation directly by inducing bowel movements but may help relieve associated symptoms with it. Author Bio:Roxannahall is a wellness lifestyle writer. She loves sharing her thoughts and personal experiences related to natural remedies, yoga, and fitness through her writing. She currently writes for How To Cure. She can connect with others experiencing health concerns and help them through their recovery journeys through natural remedies.

The Importance Of Prenatal Exercise Classes Near Me To Stay Healthy During Pregnancy
 tough mummer  
 4 December 2019  

Pregnancy is a crucial time for most women as, for more than nine months they go through significant physical, mental, and emotional changes. There are many medical conditions that pregnant women have to go through as the baby is conceived and develops until labor and delivery. Maintaining a regular exercise is one of the best ways through which women can stay healthy and reduce pregnancy problems.There are many low impact exercises that can allow a pregnant woman to stay fit, prepare the body for labor and childbirth, improve the posture, and remove the discomforts usually associated with pregnancy. There are numerous studies and research that suggests that even small-time spend in physical activity can reduce the anxiety, stress, headaches, lack of sleep and even prevent gestational diabetes, nausea, and shortness of breath. There are certain gyms, fitness and wellness centers that offer prenatal exercise classes near me where different physical activities are offered. There are many exercises that pregnant women can easily perform which includes walking, stationary bike, low impact aerobics, yoga, Pilates, and swimming. If a woman is physically quite active before pregnancy, then it is easier for her to take part in a yoga class or perform any fitness activity on her own. If a woman has not exercised regularly then it is better for her to first consult with her health provider and also take part in a yoga class where an instructor can guide her on the posture and movements that will her stay healthy and strong. The obstetrician and gynecologist encourage pregnant women to exercise daily for at least 30 minutes or more if they do not have any other medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease. Most of the low impact exercises are easy to perform and deemed safe as long as pregnant women follow the safety measures and do not overdo the exercise. The safest and most healthy exercises include swimming, indoor cycling, using elliptical machines, brisk walking, yoga, and aerobic exercises. Prenatal yoga is special form of yoga which is designed to suit the needs of pregnant women and focus on the wellness and health of both the mother and child. The prenatal exercise classes near me help to provide adequate energy for women to remain active and energetic during pregnancy. The main purpose of the prenatal exercise classes is to reduce anxiety, enhance stamina, reduce back pain, and improve better functioning of backbone and cervix lungs. The different options that women have in prenatal exercise arePrenatal yogaYoga is one of the best ways to find and maintain a balance between your mind and body. Yoga is known to enhance mood, release muscle tension, and prepare the body for childbirth. Women do gentle stretches and certain postures while standing up and sitting down that relaxes the muscles. Water aerobicsOne of the ideal exercises to reduce pain during labor is swimming, and it also does not put any pressure on the joints and ligaments. The buoyancy of water helps a pregnant woman to feel lighter and stay fit without any impactPilatesPilates is similar to yoga, and it helps to elongate muscle and align the breathing with exercising movement. Pilates is considered safe if women maintain a set pattern and do not overdo. 

Bhagavad Gita Verse 4.42
 Dhwani Shah  
 5 December 2019  

Daydreaming - In Gita Verse 4.42 Therefore the doubts which have arisen in your heart out of ignorance should be slashed by the weapon of knowledge. Armed with yoga, O Bhārata, stand and fight.Krishna guide everyone of us that we need to work on our ignorance, you may choose any path, one of the path is yoga, so that your knowledge which is the cause of your daydreaming will become your knowing, where you can come out of your daydreaming.What are some of the other factors which can make one conscious while dreaming?This is a significant question for all those who are interested in meditation because meditation is really a transcending of the process of dreaming. You are constantly dreaming – not only in the night, not only while you are asleep; you are dreaming the whole day. This is the first point to be understood. While you are awake you are still dreaming.Just close your eyes at any time of the day. Relax the body and you will feel that the dreaming is there. It never disappears, it is only suppressed by our daily activities. It is like the stars in the day. In the night you see the stars. In the day you cannot see them, but they are there always. They are simply suppressed by the sunlight.If you go into a deep well, then you can see the stars in the sky even in the day. A certain darkness is needed to see the stars. So go into a deep well and look from the bottom, and you will be able to see the stars in the day also. The stars are there. It is not that in the night they are there and in the day they are not, they are always there. At night you can see them easily. In the day you cannot see them because the sunlight becomes a barrier.The same is true with dreaming. It is not that you dream while you are asleep. In sleep you can feel dreams easily because the activity of the day is no more there; thus that inner activity can be seen and felt. When you get up in the morning, the dreaming continues inside while you start acting on the outside.This process of activity, of daily activity, simply suppresses the dreaming. The dreaming is there. Close your eyes, relax in an armchair, and suddenly you can feel: the stars are there; they have not gone anywhere. The dreams are there always. There is a continuous activity.The second point. If the dreaming continues, you cannot be said to be really awake. In the night you are more asleep, in the day you are less asleep. The difference is relative, because if the dreaming is there you cannot be said to be really awake. Dreaming creates a film over the consciousness. This film becomes like smoke – you are surrounded by it. You cannot be really awake while you are dreaming, whether in the day or at night. So the second thing: you can only be said to be awake when there is no dreaming at all.We call Buddha the awakened one. What is this awakening? This awakening is really the cessation of inner dreaming. There is no dream inside. You move there, but there is no dream. It is as if there were no stars in the sky; it has become pure space. When there is no dreaming, you become pure space.Krishna guide all of us not only to Arjuna he says that - the doubts which have arisen in your heart out of ignorance - it’s because you have collected so much information, and started dreaming about it. Instead of how to use that information to act. You live in the future and to get approval for your day dreaming you refer to your past. So in this moment you cannot act to respond in the present moment. Very clearly and categorically Krishna tells that path of yoga is to bring you into the present moment and not for collection of information for daydreaming. So he tells Arjuna - stand and fight.

Bhagavad Gita Verse 5.4
 Dhwani Shah  
 9 December 2019  

Action With Awareness - In Gita Verse 5.4 Only the ignorant speak of devotional service [karma-yoga] as being different from the analytical study of the material world [Sāṅkhya]. Those who are actually learned say that he who applies himself well to one of these paths achieves the results of both.Krishna says two things in this verse: the cave of the heart opens for one who knows, or, one whose heart opens will know. We will enter deeply into both.How to know the divine? How can this knowing happen? In the Kaivalya Upanishad, there is only one way to awaken this knowing – and that is that all your actions must happen with awareness, with consciousness. There is no other way to grow towards knowing. People think that the way to knowing is in the scriptures, doctrines, in words – but this is not the way to grow in knowing. In this way you will only increase your memory, and there is a difference between knowledge and memory.Memory is when something known by others has been passed on to you; you have borrowed it. Knowing is something that you have experienced in yourself – it is your own, it is individual. When you say that someone is a man of knowledge, that such and such a person has immense knowledge, what you usually mean is that the person has a tremendous amount of information, a big pool of memory. He knows the scriptures by heart, he has memorized the Gita, he has crammed the Vedas. But this is not knowledge, this is memorizing – and to memorize is not something very precious. It is mechanical. Even machines can memorize. Soon only machines will have memories, and man will leave this work to the machines.True knowledge, knowing, is a very different phenomenon: it is to know directly, it is your own realization. It is your own experience, your own seeing; it is something that you have lived and tasted yourself. It is your own, not information given by somebody else. True knowledge is self-realization, direct. There are no scriptures or doctrines in between. So studying is not the way to grow in knowing. The way to grow in knowing is awareness. The more aware you become in your actions, the more your knowing will grow, will awaken. Awareness means that whatsoever you do, you do it with such intensity and meditativeness that there is no unconsciousness left in it at all.Try this small experiment sometime, then you will understand how deep your unconsciousness is. Look at the second hand on your watch and decide that for one full minute you will consciously go on looking at it. One minute is not such a big thing; the second hand will just make one full circle and you will consciously go on looking at it.Let me explain the meaning of consciousness to you so that the experiment becomes easy: you will not forget the moving second hand for one minute, and you will keep on seeing it moving ahead, ahead, ahead…sixty seconds will complete one minute. You will be surprised to discover that in sixty seconds, you will miss at least three times! You will forget what you were watching. Some other thought, some other idea will enter your mind and your mind will have strayed at least three times. It is difficult for you to focus your awareness even for twenty seconds! Then you will come to know how deep your unconsciousness is, because you will not be able to watch the second hand with remembrance and awareness even for twenty seconds. The second hand will go on moving, you will forget for a moment or so, and then again you will remember that you have forgotten. By then the second hand will have moved a few seconds ahead, and during that time your awareness will have wandered off to somewhere else.Whatever work you are doing, try to do it with awareness. There is no need to make a separate time for this experiment. If you are eating, eat consciously, chew consciously. Nobody will ever know that you are doing some spiritual discipline. The spiritual practices of sankhya are not noticeable: nobody will know if someone is doing them or not. The spiritual practices of yoga are obvious, because they involve outer activity. Sankhya’s activity is within. Breathing is happening – just become aware of it. Buddha has put much emphasis on this.Buddha has based his whole teaching on watching the breath – anapanasati yoga, the discipline of watching the breath coming in and going out. Buddha used to say that if a bhikshu, a monk, could manage only this, he would need to do nothing else. It might seem to be a very small task to you, but when you look at the second hand on your watch and miss it three times in one minute, you will realize how difficult this process of watching your breath can be. But if you begin, then someday the end will also come. If you begin, then someday you will also experience.This is an internal process. It is much more difficult than chanting Rama-Rama, because to chant Rama-Rama your awareness is not needed. A man can go on chanting Rama-Rama mechanically, his awareness is not needed at all. And it can happen that he can go on doing all his other work and also chanting Rama-Rama. He is not aware of his chanting: it goes on automatically, mechanically. So if someone wants to chant Rama-Rama, two things are involved: one is his chanting, and the other is his awareness of the chanting. Only then is it beneficial, otherwise it is useless.Instead of adding any new activity, it is better to bring awareness to the activities that you are already doing. Even if you have been chanting Rama-Rama, bring awareness to it. No matter what you do, decide on one thing: that you will go on making efforts to do it with awareness. You may fail today, you may fail tomorrow, but don’t be worried, because in every failure is hidden the seed of success.And if your awareness continues and a constant impact happens, one day you will suddenly discover that you are able to perform any action with total awareness. On the day you succeed in being aware, the door to sankhya is open. Nothing else is needed. No other external action is needed – one simply enters the inner sanctum of the heart. Then you will know your inner witness, because awareness is the witness.Krishna tells - When you do something with awareness, you become a witness. You are no more a doer. Whenever you do something in unawareness you become a doer, you are no longer a witness. Whatsoever you do with awareness…. You may be eating your food: eat with awareness and you will no longer be an eater, you will become a watcher of the act of eating. You may be walking on a path: walk with awareness and you will not be the walker, you will become a witness, a watcher of the one who is walking.So if your awareness goes on growing, the witness will also go on growing in you. And when the witness in you is totally free of the doer, the outer shell of the doer breaks open and the witness sprouts forth.

The Best All-Natural Workout Drink for Fitness Buffs Out There
 alex susain  
 17 December 2019  

Fitness is no longer a luxury today. What started as a passion, today is a mandate. Fitness has usurped a permanent seat in the spotlight reinforcing itself as one of the best ways to keep oneself healthy and happy. The 21st Century is at its prime and the rapid progression we see in today’s world has finally taken a toll on the human body. From burning the midnight oil for crunched deadlines to packing a tight schedule on your regular 9-5s, the notion of fitness is now globally recognized.However, there’s a fine line in chasing fitness and chasing weight loss; a line that many people have blurred in the pursuit of a chiseled body. The truth is, fitness is not just about hitting the gym every morning. It’s a way of life. It’s an amalgamation of healthy dietary choices paired in with a healthy lifestyle routine and obviously exercises. Now, one such elixir that expedites the fitness process greatly is an all-natural gift that we often know as the Kombucha Tea. Bubbling with benefits that greatly help fitness fanatics resolve complex hurdles, the Kombucha tea has helped many a busy bee conform to their fitness mantra, even when the tough got going. Now, the real question of the hour is, what makes kombucha such a potent commodity for fitness? The answer is simple, you’re looking at one of the best Natural drink for weight loss Delhi NCR The Pursuit of Fitness- How does Kombucha Tea help? Early at the crack of dawn, your alarm chimes in waking you up for yet another day. As you’re about to press snooze you remember you had to work in an hour’s workout before you head out for the day. However, the sluggish feeling in the morning just doesn’t want to let you go. At a time like this, a quick flavored Kombucha drink can work miracles for you, one of the reasons why kombucha health tea is preferred as a miraculous pre-workout tea with its all-natural health benefits energizing you from the core. In fact, imagine a quick workout, maybe a few yoga spreads early in the morning and you head out for the day, already fatigued from your busy morning! Post-workout tiredness too has a friend in kombucha tea. Not sure what we are talking about? Let us break it down to you- We have streamlined some of the health benefits of kombucha tea that makes it one of the best post workout drink in Delhi, NCR. Forget about chemical-induced energy drinks that take a toll on your sugar and cholesterol level. Dietitians recommend kombucha tea as a perfect addition to your health arsenal.Kombucha tea is enriched in probiotics. That means you are replenishing your body with every sip, be it before or after a workout. The natural nutrients swarming around in kombucha can skyrocket your energy levels which means a bottled kombucha in your favorite flavor could snag a permanent position in your gym bag. Kombucha tea is also known to be a great pain reliever. Do you remember how the post-workout muscle strains bothered you for a whole week? Kombucha tea is the answer to your post-workout muscle pains too. Coming back to fitness, kombucha tea is known to be a great detoxifier which means you can detox your body with nothing but a healthy dietary routine and a bottle of fermented kombucha tea anytime you want. Lastly. Kombucha tea can help you shed the extra pounds you’ve been desperate to shed all this time. The health benefits of kombucha strengthen your immune system an expedites the metabolic rate in your body allowing your body to process the stored fat inside. The result? Natural weight loss guaranteed.  Keep Your Kombucha Measured While kombucha tea can be a miracle worker for many, too much of everything is never good. This is probably why nutritionists recommend nothing more than four ounces of kombucha drink once or twice a day. Luckily, you don’t have to keep steeping your kombucha in the middle of a busy day or early in the morning when you’re trying to get in some much-needed warmup exercises before work. Raw kombucha has bottled all the goodness of raw, organic tea packed with your favorite flavors so that you can enjoy your bottle of nutrition whenever you want, wherever you want. 

Bhagavad Gita Verse 5.14
 Dhwani Shah  
 18 December 2019  

Effortless Action - In Gita Verse 5.14 The embodied spirit, master of the city of his body, does not create activities, nor does he induce people to act, nor does he create the fruits of action. All this is enacted by the modes of material nature.Krishna in this verse says - If you become part of the whole, there is no suffering. Suddenly you start floating with the stream. Your action has no desire in it. There is no effort in your action. Your action will be effortless.You are no longer moving upstream. You are no longer even swimming because then there is effort. You are just floating with the stream and wherever it leads, there is the goal. You have dropped private goals, you have accepted the destiny of the whole. You live easily, you die easily. There is no resistance.Resistance is suffering. And you cannot win against the whole. So every moment you resist, you fail, you suffer. It is the frustration of failure. You become helpless and hopeless and you feel it everywhere. There is a saying, “Man proposes and God disposes.” You cannot find a more stupid saying anywhere else.God never disposes, but the moment you propose, you have created trouble for yourself because all propositions are private. That means that the Ganges does not want to fall in the Bay of Bengal, but in the Arabian Sea. It will have to fall into the Bay of Bengal because that is how the whole has proposed it already. Now the Ganges proposes, “I would like to fall into the Arabian Sea.” And when it is not succeeding to move toward the west and it goes on feeling that all efforts are futile and she is moving toward the east, the idea arises in the mind that man proposes and God disposes. Why should God bother to dispose? God has never disposed anything, but the moment you propose, you have created the possibility to be disposed.Try to live without a goal and then see. Suffering disappears. Try to live without your ego and there is no more suffering. Suffering is an attitude, it is not an actuality. You fall ill. You immediately start fighting with the illness and suffering arises. If you accept it, suffering disappears. Then you know that God wills this, there must be some point in it. It must be needed for your growth.Life is a blissful cosmic play, then why… Why is there suffering? There is suffering because you are still not part of the cosmic play. You have your own small drama and you want to play it. You are not part of the whole, you are trying to create a small world of your own. Every ego creates its own world, that’s the problem.Float with the whole and suffering disappears. Suffering is symptomatic. It shows you must be fighting the whole, that’s all. You are not suffering for your sins committed in the past, you are suffering for the sin that you are continuing right now, committing right now. The sin is simple: to fight, not to accept.The word sin is beautiful. It comes from a root which means “to separate.” The word sin itself comes from a root which means to separate. You are separate, that is the only sin. Once you are joined the sin disappears. The whole of Christianity depends on the concept of sin – that man is separated from God, then he is a sinner. The concept of Patanjali is just the opposite – opposite, but complementary. He insists on yoga – to be joined together. Sin and Yoga. Sin means to be separate; Yoga means to be joined together again. If you are joined together again with the whole, there is no suffering. The more you go far away from the whole, the more you suffer. The more you are, the more you will suffer.Krishna says go inside of you and you will meet me, you will become whole. All the suffering is because you are going outside and not alert towards yourself. Living into the world is no issue but becoming unconscious towards yourself creates suffering, goal oriented etc. Krishna guides us not to renounce the work but renounce the ego and you will start floating with the stream. You have no goal to act but you will respond in this moment.

Bhagavad Gita Verse 5.16
 Dhwani Shah  
 20 December 2019  

Awareness Vs Suppression - In Gita Verse 5.16 When, however, one is enlightened with the knowledge by which nescience is destroyed, then his knowledge reveals everything, as the sun lights up everything in the daytime.Krishna says the person who become enlightened his ignorance is destroyed. Also Ignorance does not mean that one does not know; ignorance means that one knows only the play, only the objective world. Knowing as such is there; even if one knows that he does not things you have suppressed in your mind.Let’s understand Awareness Vs Suppression:The first thing: No enlightened person has ever taught suppression.The second: never has anybody attained through it.No master who knows, no master who is enlightened has ever preached suppression.A person who wants to suppress the hunger and who has gone on a fast, as Jains go every year, what will they do? They will try to distract the mind somewhere else so that the hunger is not felt. They will chant mantras, or they will go to the temple and recite sutras, or they will go to their religious leader to listen to him, so that the mind is engaged, and they need not pay attention to the hunger which is there. This is suppression. Suppression means: something is there and you don’t look at it and you pretend as if it is not there. So if you are occupied deeply in the mind, then the hunger cannot penetrate and cannot bring your attention to itself. The hunger will go on knocking on the door but you are reciting a mantra so loudly that you don’t hear the knock. Suppression means distracting your mind from the reality of your being.You feel hunger. In fact, you have never been hungry. The body has been hungry, you have never been hungry. But you are identified with the body, “I am the body.” That’s why you feel you are hungry. When you pay attention to hunger a distance is created, the identity breaks down. The identification is no more there. You are no more the body; the body is hungry and you are the watcher. And suddenly a blissful freedom arises in you that “I am not the body, I have never been the body. The body is hungry; I am not hungry.”The bridge is broken; you are separate. What happens, what is miraculous.... When you are separate, when the bridge is broken, you are not identified with the body, you don’t say, “I am the body,” you say, “I am in the body, but not the body. I live in this house but I am not the house. I am in these clothes but the clothes are not me.” When you have come to attain this – and I say attain because intellectually you know it already. That is not the point; you have not realized it. When you realize it through deep attention to hunger or to sex or anything, suddenly the bridge disappears between the body and the embodied soul. When the gap is there and you have become a witness, then the body lives through your cooperation.When in hunger, one watches the hunger, the cooperation is not there. It is a temporary death. You are not supporting the body. When you are not supporting the body, how the body can feel hunger? – because the body cannot feel anything; the feeling is of your being. Hunger may be there in the body but the body cannot feel, it has no feelers.The fasting of a Mahavira or a Buddha is a totally different fasting from the fasting of Jains and Buddhists. The brahmacharya of Mahavira is totally different than the brahmacharya of Jain monks. Mahavira is not avoiding it, he is simply watching it. Watching, it disappears. Witnessing, it is not found there. Avoiding, it follows you. In fact, not only follows you, it haunts you.No Yoga teaches suppression – cannot teach – but there are yogis who teach. They are teachers; they have not realized their innermost being. So there exists not even a single person who can attain buddhahood through suppression. It is not possible, it is simply not possible. Through awareness one achieves, not through suppression.Krishna in very simple words says that, we don’t have courage to realize it. He is giving us the courage to realize and tells us that if we don’t realize from the objective world, same aspect we will try to suppress it. That is our ignorance. Once we realize it, through our own light the ignorance which is darkness will just disappear.

What Are The Positive Aspects Associated With Neworld Detox?
 Miewsa iewsay  
 27 December 2019  
Art

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Bowing down
 Sujatha Jagannathan  
 31 December 2019  

Yoga in literary shape

Bhagavad Gita Verse 5.27-28
 Dhwani Shah  
 31 December 2019  

Third Eye - In Gita Verse 5.27-28 Shutting out all external sense objects, keeping the eyes and vision concentrated between the two eyebrows, suspending the inward and outward breaths within the nostrils, and thus controlling the mind, senses and intelligence, the transcendentalist aiming at liberation becomes free from desire, fear and anger. One who is always in this state is certainly liberated.Krishna mentions two ways to turn inside of you. One this through third eye and another is breath. He says that you can watch outer world with two eyes, but to yourself you can watch through third eyes.Another thing he mentions is that when you hold your breath for a few seconds after each inhaling and exhaling for a few seconds, this will be liberated from desire, fear and anger. This was even proved by science also.In my this blog I will be writing on Third Eye:The third eye center is the center of willpower. Let us understand what its function is.People whose agya chakra is not activated in this life will remain slaves in thousands of ways. Without this center there is no freedom. We know about political and economic freedom, but these freedoms are not real – because a person who has no willpower, whose agya chakra is not activated, will always remain a slave in one way or another. He may become free from one slavery but will become a slave to something else. He does not have a center of will to make him an owner of anything, he does not have anything like will. He does not have the power to command himself; his body and senses command him. If his stomach says it is hungry, he is hungry. If his body says it is sick, he becomes sick. If his sex center says he needs sex, the sexual desire arises. If his body says it has become old, he becomes old. The body commands and he obeys.But as soon as this center of willpower becomes active, the body stops giving orders and instead it starts to obey; the whole arrangement is reversed. If such a person asks his blood to stop flowing, it will; if he asks his heart to stop beating, it will. He can ask his pulse to stop throbbing and it will. Such a person becomes the master of his body, mind and senses. But without the activation of the agya chakra, he cannot be. The more you remember this center, the more you become the master of yourself.Many experiments have been done in Yoga to awaken this center. If a person tries to remember this center every now and then, there will be great results. If a tilak is put there, your attention is drawn there repeatedly. As soon as the tilak is put on, the spot becomes set apart from the rest of your body. That spot is very sensitive, and if the tilak is on the right spot you will have to remember it. It is possibly the most sensitive spot in the body.There are methods for marking this sensitive spot. After hundreds of experiments, sandalwood paste was chosen. There is a sort of resonance between sandalwood paste and the sensitivity of the agya chakra and if applied on that spot the paste deepens its sensitivity. Not just any substance can be used; some other substances, in fact, can badly damage the sensitivity of that spot.A few more things about the agya chakra which will be useful. The line drawn upwards from the agya chakra divides the brain in two, right and left. The brain begins at that line, and lies an inch deep. It has been observed that half our brain is not utilized; the most intelligent people among us – our geniuses – also use barely half of the brain and the remaining half is unused and undeveloped. Scientists and psychologists are puzzled as to why this is so. Even if that half of the brain is surgically removed, everything continues to function normally; the person will not even know that half of his brain has been removed. But scientists know that nature does not create anything unnecessarily. There could be a mistake with one person’s brain, but not with the brains of the whole of humanity! But in all humans half of the brain is unused, inactive, without any movement whatsoever.Yoga maintains that this half of the brain becomes active only after the agya chakra is activated. Half of the brain is connected with the centers below the agya chakra, and the other half is connected with the centers above the agya chakra. When the centers below the agya chakra are working, the left side of the brain is utilized. When the centers above it begins to work, the right side of the brain is activated. As long as there is no experience of the activities of that other half there can be no conception of it.Half of the brain usually remains unused and becomes active only when the agya chakra becomes active. That is the insight of Yoga.Krishna reminds Arjuna to remember this agya chakra so that he can become the master of himself.

Bhagavad Gita Verse 6.2
 Dhwani Shah  
 3 January 2020  

Categorical Condition - In Gita Verse 6.2 What is called renunciation you should know to be the same as yoga, or linking oneself with the Supreme, O son of Pāṇḍu, for one can never become a yogī unless he renounces the desire for sense gratification.Krishna is saying that the person who is doing rituals and following the words of scripture is not sannyasin. The real sannyasin is one who live in the world and renounced his desires for the fruits but do act is real sannyasin. Whose actions are categorical condition: and that condition is awareness, meditation.Looking at life from the standpoint of self-ignorance is sansara, the world. Looking at life from the standpoint of self-knowing is sannyas.Therefore, whenever someone says that he has taken sannyas, the whole thing seems very false. This ‘taking’ of sannyas creates the impression that it is an antagonistic act against the world. Can sannyas be taken? Can anyone say he has ‘taken’ knowing? And will any knowing that is taken like that be true knowing? A sannyas that is taken is not sannyas.You cannot put a cloak of truth around you. Truth has to be awakened within you. Sannyas is born. It comes through understanding, and in that understanding we go on being transformed. As our understanding changes, our outlook changes and our behavior is transformed without any effort. The world stays where it is, but sannyas is gradually born within us. Sannyas is the awareness that ‘I am not only the body, I am also the soul.’ With this knowing, the ignorance and attachment inside us drops away. The world was outside and it will still continue to be there, but inside us there will be the absence of attachment to it. In other words, there will be no world, no sansara inside us.Sannyas means courage more than anything else, because it is a declaration of your individuality, a declaration of freedom, a declaration that you will not be any more part of the mob madness, the mob psychology. It is a declaration that you are becoming universal; you will not belong to any country, to any church, to any race, any religion.You don't belong anywhere – that is reality. All hankering to belong is deceptive. The very idea to belong creates organizations; the very idea to belong creates the church – because you cannot be alone, so you want to drown yourself somewhere in a crowd. A sannyasin is one who has accepted his aloneness. It is fundamental; it cannot be drowned. By becoming a sannyasin you are not becoming a part of a certain organization – this is not an organization at all. By becoming a sannyasin, you are becoming courageous enough to accept a certain fact: that man exists in aloneness. And it is so fundamental; there is no way to escape from it. It is as fundamental as death. In fact, death is nothing but bringing you the news that you were alone, and now you are alone.And it does not mean that you have to go to the mountains, you can be alone in the marketplace. It is simply a question of being aware, alert, watchful, remembering that you are only your watchfulness. Then you are alone wherever you are. You may be in the crowd, you may be in the mountains; it makes no difference, you are just the same watchfulness. In the crowd you watch the crowd; in the mountains you watch the mountains. With open eyes you watch existence; with closed eyes you watch yourself.You are only one thing: the watcher.And this watcher is the greatest realization. This is your buddha nature; this is your nature of enlightenment, of your awakening. This should be your only discipline. Only this makes you a disciple: this discipline of knowing your aloneness. Otherwise, what makes you a disciple? You have been deceived on every point in life. You have been told that to believe in a master makes you a disciple. That is absolutely wrong; otherwise, everybody in the world is a disciple.Somebody believes in Jesus, somebody believes in Buddha, somebody believes in Krishna, somebody believes in Mahavira; everybody believes in somebody but nobody is a disciple, because to be a disciple does not mean to believe in a master. To be a disciple means to learn the discipline of being yourself, of being your true self.Krishna when says - one can never become a yogī unless he renounces the desire for sense gratification - means - Sannyasins would live life in its totality, but with an absolute condition, categorical condition: and that condition is awareness, meditation. Go first deep into meditation, so you can cleanse your unconscious of all poisonous seeds, so there is nothing to be corrupted and there is nothing inside you which power can bring forth. And then do whatsoever you feel like doing.

Bhagavad Gita Verse 6.3
 Dhwani Shah  
 4 January 2020  

Ignorance To Innocence - In Gita Verse 6.3 For one who is a neophyte in the eightfold yoga system, work is said to be the means; and for one who is already elevated in yoga, cessation of all material activities is said to be the means.Krishna is saying that the person who through the yoga’s eight-fold path started practicing and through the practice realized has even left all his oath. As the oath is also kind of desire to achieve something from the material world. His whole objective of the action is to bring awareness and watchful regarding his action.The person who has practiced eight-fold of yoga that is from Yama to Samadhi for him work is said to be the means. From Yama to Dhyana, meditation we have some experience. But what is the difference between Meditation and Samadhi?Meditation means to be in non-doing. Meditation is not a doing but a state of being. It is a state of being in one’s own self.In action we come into contact with the outside world; in no-action, with ourselves. When we are not doing anything we become aware of what we are. Otherwise, remaining involved in all sorts of doings we never get to meet ourselves. We don’t even remember that we exist. Our busyness is very deep. Perhaps our bodies may get to rest but our minds never do. Awake, we think; asleep, we dream. Engrossed in these constant preoccupations and doings, we simply forget ourselves. We lose ourselves amidst the crowd of our own activity. How strange this is – but this is our reality. We have become lost, not in the crowds of other people, but in our own thoughts, in our own dreams, in our own preoccupations and activities. We have become lost in ourselves. Meditation is the way to extricate ourselves from this self-created crowd, from this mental wanderlust.By its nature, meditation cannot be an activity. It is not a busy-ness, it is the term for an unoccupied mind.Once you extricate from this self-created crowd you are ready to enter into Samadhi.Samadhi is the ultimate state of being, the ultimate flowering of consciousness. Man lives in the mind, animals live below the mind. Samadhi is the state above the mind where thinking disappears, and with the thinking, all wavering of consciousness disappears also.Thinking is like ripples in a lake, and because of the ripples, the reflection cannot be true; the moon is reflected but the ripples distort it. God is reflected in everybody, we mirror him, but our mind is so full of thoughts, wavering, clouds, that whatsoever we come to see is no more the same; it is not that which is. The mind has imposed its own thoughts upon it, it has interpreted it, and all interpretation is a distortion. Reality needs no interpretation; it needs only reflection. There is no point in interpreting, the interpreter goes on missing the point.If you see a rose flower, it is there: there is no need to interpret it, there is no need to dissect it, there is no need to know about its meaning. It is its meaning. It is not a metaphor, it does not stand for something else. It is simply there! It is reality, it is not a symbol. A symbol needs to be interpreted, a dream needs to be interpreted. So psychoanalysis is right because it goes on interpreting the dreams, but philosophers are not right because they go on interpreting the reality. A dream is symbolic: it stands for something else; an interpretation may be helpful to find out what it stands for. But a rose flower is a rose flower; it stands only for itself. It does not indicate anything else, it is not an arrow towards anything else; it is self-evident.So is reality, but our mind is in the habit of interpreting. Thinking is nothing but a habit of interpreting. When thinking disappears the lake is silent, calm and quiet. Then there are no more waves, no more ripples – nothing is distorted: the moon is reflected perfectly.So Samadhi means the ultimate state of pure reflection.So Meditation is clearing ourselves from our identity, and Samadhi is flowering of consciousness.Krishna tells Arjuna that Yaga’s Eight-Fold journey is from Ignorance To Innocence.

Bhagavad Gita Verse 6.4
 Dhwani Shah  
 5 January 2020  

Material Desires - In Gita Verse 6.4 A person is said to be elevated in yoga when, having renounced all material desires, he neither acts for sense gratification nor engages in fruitive activities.Krishna is saying - I want you to drop all games – worldly games, spiritual games, games that the whole of humanity has played up to now. These games keep you retarded. These games hinder you from growing into consciousness, into your own ultimate flowering. I want to cut away all this rubbish that prevents you.I want to leave you alone, absolutely alone, so that you cannot take anybody's help, so you cannot cling to any prophet, so that you cannot think that Gautam Buddha is going to save you. Left alone – utterly alone – you are bound to find your innermost center.Move to the innermost centre of your being…Raman Maharshi used to give only one meditation to everyone, whosoever would come to him: just to go on and on pondering, observing, watching, witnessing one thing — to let this question become so utterly your existence that it persists even when you are asleep — Who am I?And it has not to be repeated like a mantra. If you repeat it like a mantra you will have missed the point; it is not a mantra, it is an inquiry, and the greatest inquiry there is.It has not to be used as a meditation technique, it has to become your very life. Walking, let the inquiry be there — ‘Who is walking?’ Listening right now, let the inquiry be there — ‘Who is listening?’And finally the inquiry has to penetrate to such profound depths that when you ask ‘Who am I?’ the inquiry is there — ‘Who is asking this question?’Move to the innermost centre of your being. This inquiry is a movement with inwards. And this single question can solve all the problems; it is a master key: it unlocks all the locks.Truth is within ourselves; it takes no rise.From outward things, what'er you may believe.Your belief is not going to change the nature of things.Who Am I - is a contentless consciousness. The mind is empty but watchful, alert. In that peaceful state the door to truth opens. It is only in emptiness that truth is realized, and as a result one’s whole life is transformed.We reach this state of emptiness, this enlightenment, through meditation. But what is generally understood as meditation is not really meditation. That too is a process of thinking. Maybe the thoughts relate to the soul or to the divine but they are still thoughts. It makes no difference what the thoughts are about. In fact thought by its very nature pertains to the other, to the outer. It relates to what is not the self. There can be no thought about the self because for thought to exist, two are needed. That is why thought does not take you beyond duality. If one is to move into and know non-duality – the self – then meditation is the way, not thinking.Thought and meditation go in totally opposite directions. One is outward going; the other, inward going. Thought is the way to know the other; meditation, the way to know the self. But generally thought, contemplation, has been taken for meditation. This is a very serious and widespread mistake and this is fundamental error.What Krishna says - your inner emptiness is vast. It cannot be filled by money, power, prestige, respectability. You may have all and still you will feel the same emptiness. In fact, the more you have the more you will become aware of the emptiness, and then arises a tremendous anguish.But if your meditation is going deep and you will feel love showering on you from nowhere… It can shower only on a meditator.Only love in a meditative consciousness gives you the feeling of fullness, and after fullness comes overflowing, and that overflowing takes away all your material desires.It is the emptiness that creates material desires; it is overflowing love that takes it away. The  material desires is only a symptom of emptiness. It won’t last much longer because you are aware of receiving and you are grateful for receiving; you are opening up and becoming more and more available. You need not be worried about  material desires. Soon you will find you are overflowing, sharing yourself with others.The only real sharing is the sharing of your being: not your money, not your house, not anything else, but only of your being because only that belongs to you. Everything else is not authentically yours.Krishna says you were born only with your being: that is yours. And then you accumulate many things, but they are never yours and the day you die you cannot take them with you. You lived in an illusion that they are your possessions. The fact is that they possessed you; they were not your possessions.

Bhagavad Gita Verse 6.6
 Dhwani Shah  
 7 January 2020  

Transformed And Absorbed - In Gita Verse 6.6 For him who has conquered the mind, the mind is the best of friends; but for one who has failed to do so, his mind will remain the greatest enemy.Krishna is saying that be Master and don’t become Servant to the mind.Nothing has to be thrown out of your system; everything has to be transformed and absorbed. The mind is not ugly; your use of the mind is ugly. Change your use. Mind is not ugly - you are unconscious. The chariot is beautiful, it is a golden chariot, but the charioteer is drunk and fast asleep; and he calls the chariot names, condemns the chariot. When he finds himself in a ditch he beats the horses, he condemns the chariot, he condemns the chariot-maker, and he never thinks that it is not the fault of the chariot, not the fault of the horses, not the fault of the chariot-maker. It is his fault - he was drunk, he was fast asleep. If the chariot has fallen into a ditch it is natural, the whole responsibility is yours.It is not a question of destroying the mind or throwing the mind out. Mind is a beautiful mechanism, the most beautiful mechanism in existence, but you have become a servant to the mind. You are the master and the master is functioning as a servant; the mind is a servant and you have made the servant the master.The question arises - So what to do? Watch. Don’t try to stop. There is no need to do any action against the mind. In the first place, who will do it? It will be mind fighting mind itself; you will divide your mind into two: one that is trying to be the boss, the top dog, trying to kill the other part of itself—which is absurd. It is a foolish game. It can drive you crazy. Don’t try to stop the mind or the thinking - just watch it, allow it. Allow it total freedom. Let it run as fast as it wants. You don’t try in any way to control it. You just be a witness.It is beautiful! Mind is one of the most beautiful mechanisms. Science has not yet been able to create anything parallel to mind. Mind still remains the masterpiece, so complicated, so tremendously powerful, with so many potentialities. Watch it! Enjoy it!And don’t watch like an enemy, because if you look at the mind like an enemy, you cannot watch. You are already prejudiced; you are already against. You have already decided that something is wrong with the mind - you have already concluded. And whenever you look at somebody as an enemy you never look deep, you never look into the eyes; you avoid!Watching the mind means look at it with deep love, with deep respect, reverence - it is God’s gift to you! Nothing is wrong in mind itself. Nothing is wrong in thinking itself. It is a beautiful process as other processes are. Clouds moving in the sky are beautiful - why not thoughts moving into the inner sky? Flowers coming to the trees are beautiful - why not thoughts flowering into your being. The river running to the ocean is beautiful - why not this stream of thoughts running somewhere to an unknown destiny? Is it not beautiful? Look with deep reverence. Don’t be a fighter - be a lover.Watch the subtle nuances of the mind, the sudden turns, the beautiful turns, the sudden jumps and leaps; the games that mind goes on playing; the dreams that it weaves - the imagination, the memory; the thousand and one projections that it creates. Watch! Standing there, aloof, distant, not involved, by and by you will start feeling… The deeper your watchfulness becomes, the deeper your awareness becomes, and gaps start arising, intervals. One thought goes and another has not come, and there is a gap. One cloud has passed, another is coming and there is a gap.In those gaps, for the first time you will have glimpses of no-mind, you will have the taste of no-mind - call it the taste of Zen, or Tao, or Yoga. In those small intervals, suddenly the sky is clear and the sun is shining. Suddenly the world is full of mystery, because all barriers are dropped; the screen on your eyes is no more there. You see clearly, you see penetratingly. The whole existence becomes transparent.Go on watching. Let thoughts come and go - wherever they want to go. Nothing is wrong! Don’t try to manipulate and don’t try to direct. Let thoughts move in total freedom. And then bigger intervals will be coming. You will be blessed with small satori. Sometimes minutes will pass and no thought will be there; there will be no traffic—a total silence, undisturbed.Krishna says that never reject anything transcend everything and you will be Master. Never create any enmity with anyone either with others or with ourselves.

Bhagavad Gita Verse 6.7
 Dhwani Shah  
 8 January 2020  

No-Mind - In Gita Verse 6.7 For one who has conquered the mind, the Supersoul is already reached, for he has attained tranquillity. To such a man happiness and distress, heat and cold, honor and dishonor are all the same.Krishna now speaks about No-Mind.Thinking cannot be stopped - not that it does not stop, but it cannot be stopped. It stops of its own accord. This distinction has to be understood; otherwise you can go mad chasing your mind.No-mind does not arise by stopping thinking. When the thinking is no more, no-mind is.The very effort to stop will create more anxiety, it will create conflict, it will make you split. You will be in a constant turmoil within. This is not going to help.Mind is a bridge: a bridge between the body and the soul, between the world and God. Don’t try to destroy it!Many have tried to destroy it through Yoga. That is a misuse of Yoga. Many have tried to destroy it through body postures, breathing—that too brings subtle chemical changes inside. For example, if you stand on your head in shirshasan, in the headstand, you can destroy the mind very easily. Because when the blood rushes too much, like a flood, into the head—when you stand on your head that’s what you are trying to do. The brain mechanism is very delicate. You are flooding it with blood, the delicate tissues will die.Standing on your head, you are forcing your blood into the head through gravitation. The head needs blood, but in a very, very small quantity; and slowly, not floodlike. Against gravity, very little blood reaches to the head, and that, too, in a very silent way. If too much blood is reaching into the head it is destructive.Yoga has been used to kill the mind. Breathing can be used to kill the mind—there are rhythms of breath, subtle vibrations of breath, that can be very, very drastic to the delicate mind. The mind can be destroyed through them.Do not stop the mind, watch it. It stops of its own accord—and then it is beautiful when something happens without any violence it has a beauty of its own, it has a natural growth. You can force a flower and open it by force; you can pull the petals of a bud and open it by force, but you have destroyed the beauty of the flower. Now it is almost dead. It cannot stand your violence. The petals will be hanging loose, limp, dying. When the bud opens by its own energy, when it opens of its own accord, then those petals are alive.The mind is your flowering - don’t force it in any way. I am against all force and against all violence, and particularly violence that is directed towards yourself.Just watch—in deep prayer, love, reverence—and see what happens! Miracles happen of their own accord. There is no need to pull and push.Just watch, be alert. And drop this idea of stopping; otherwise it will stop the natural transformation of the mind. Drop this idea of stopping! Who are you to stop?At the most, enjoy. And nothing is wrong - even if immoral thoughts, so-called immoral thoughts, pass through your mind, let them pass. Nothing is wrong. You remain detached, no harm is being done. It is just fiction; you are seeing an inner movie. Allow it its own way and it will lead you, by and by, to the state of no-mind. Watching ultimately culminates in no-mind.Krishna tells Arjuna - No-mind is not against mind: no-mind is beyond mind. No-mind does not come by killing and destroying the mind: no-mind comes when you have understood the mind so totally that thinking is no longer needed - your understanding has replaced it.

Bhagavad Gita Verse 6.11-12
 Dhwani Shah  
 12 January 2020  

Rituals - In Gita Verse 6.11-12 To practice yoga, one should go to a secluded place and should lay kuśa grass on the ground and then cover it with a deerskin and a soft cloth. The seat should be neither too high nor too low and should be situated in a sacred place. The yogī should then sit on it very firmly and practice yoga to purify the heart by controlling his mind, senses and activities and fixing the mind on one point.Understand Krishna’s difficulty over here. If he has to practice the same thing he can live in the world and practice. But when he is addressing to Arjuna he need to say where Arjuna is.It will be very easy for us to understand through our life. To our children we have to send them to school for education but for us if we decide then we can learn from wherever we are. At the same time we also guide our children to use their wisdom and not to follow the syllabus without their wisdom. So that in the life they remember that syllabus as a tool to live the life with their own wisdom.It is important to understand what he is saying to practice rather than what ritual we need to follow. If we take the word literally then we will go to a secluded place and sit on the deerskin, etc but nothing will happen to us. But if we practice even while living in the objective world we will reach to that point where Krishna is guiding us.This is the reason all the enlightened persons are against follower. They don’t want us to follow them they want us to use the present moment’s circumstances to reach to yourself.Krishna tells Arjuna when yogi start their inner journey they go to a secluded place and follow all the rituals. By following all the rituals of yoga yogi reaches to himself where he experience the wholeness. He then don’t see anything as compartmental life.In my Bhagavad Gita Verse 2.49, I wrote regarding the whole process of seed to tree and again becoming seed.To experience the whole process of oneself as transcendental, flow, only the form changes, in yoga they have given certain rituals. But rituals are just the tools. Most of the people like to follow the rituals as they don’t want to take their own responsibility. They wants to throw their responsibility on others so they become followers and follow the rituals.Patanjali when gave this Rituals they were spontaneous. But who followed the rituals they are not spontaneous.Religion deteriorates into rituals. When a religion is dead, it becomes ritualistic. When a religion is alive, it remains spontaneous. If you want to pray, let it be spontaneous. Don’t repeat rituals; otherwise it is futile, it is meaningless, you are wasting time. If you get up every day — a particular time, a particular prayer, a particular way to do it, and you repeat it in a mechanical way, you will never come to know what prayer is.Prayer has not really to be done. It has only to be allowed. Sitting silently, looking at the trees, suddenly it is there. Sometimes it comes; sometimes it does not come. It is not within your power to drag it. A prayer dragged is no longer prayer. Prayer is like love: sometimes it is there and sometimes it is not there. And you are helpless; you cannot do anything about it when it is not there. You can pretend. You can show that you are very loving and you know deep down there is no love. And if you get accustomed to this, by and by you will forget what real love is.If you watch you will see sometimes like a breeze it comes. Right now there is no breeze and the trees are silent. What can they do? They wait. When the breeze comes they will dance. They don’t have a ritual. They don’t say, “Now it is morning and it is time to dance, and where is the breeze?” and if it is not coming, “Then we will try on our own — we will do some yoga postures, we will perform some ritual, we will do some exercises and somehow sway.” No, they don’t bother. They wait. Look, they are waiting. When the breeze comes they will dance. Prayer is like that: it comes. It comes without ever giving you any indication that it is coming.Krishna says that follow the rituals from within, so you will remain available, like tree, they wait.Sometimes sitting in your bed in the night, suddenly it is there — the whole room becomes full of some unknown presence. Not that you can do anything about it. It is there. You can enjoy, you can be joyful, you can delight in it. You can dance; the breeze has come. You can sway, you can sing a song.And let that song also be of the heart, of this moment. There is no need to repeat anything from somebody else. There is no need to cram anything. There is no need to repeat the Christian or the Hindu prayer. They are all false. The real prayer simply arises. Sometimes it may be silent. You may not say anything, not even a thank you. The ways of love are very mysterious — and  existence will understand.Let your prayer be very spontaneous. If anger is there, what else can you offer to him? Offer anger. If love is there, offer love. Godliness is nothing but a tremendous understanding that existence shows towards you. But if you are false, then you are trying to deceive, and you cannot deceive existence. That is not possible. You can deceive only yourself. And you will go on piling up deceptions upon deceptions around you, and you will be choked, suffocated in your own deceptions — you will die under the burden of your own deceptions.Just be wherever you are, and be true and be authentic and be spontaneous.Krishna tells Arjuna by the rituals also you can reach yourself. I am just reminding you that by rituals means through any act you can reach yourself. Rituals simply means that certain act by which you can reach to yourself. Through your actions you surrender your attachments and emotions and you will reach to yourself. You will become whole. Unless you become whole you cannot fight the war without any judgements.

Bhujangasana(Cobra Pose)-Sanskar Yogashala Yoga School in Rishikesh India
 sanskar yogainrishikesh  
 14 January 2020  

Bhujangasana(Cobra Pose)The cobra posture is another simple beginner level posture that comes under the inverted supine postures. It is also one of the twelve postures of SURYA NAMASKAR and it visualizes the cobra sitting straight in attacking and defensive movement both. Let us see the steps of practicing the cobra posture.Step-by-Step InstructionsStep 1. Lie down inverted ( on the base of your stomach) relaxing straight.Step 2. Now bring your palms close to your lying down face on either side. Your eyes must look straight and your face also aligned looking straight.Step 3. With your palms down and looking straight gently start lifting your upper torso with the help of your arms.Step 4. Keep moving and looking straight until you can stretch your upper body to maximum possible ( comfortably).Step 5. In this position, your upper body is looking straight erect while you also look straight while your lower body continues to relax on the ground..Step 6. This position hence attained visualizes the cobra’s sitting up position. Stay in this posture for a few breathing cycles.Step 7. Now slowly come out of it by relaxing the stretched upper body back on the ground as previously you did. Relax for a while.Health Benefits of Bhujangasana:1. An excellent posture for anyone suffering from back pain issues.2. Relaxes and rejuvenates the spinal column.3. The upper body muscles are stretched and cleansed especially abdominal, arms and chest muscles.4. It enhances the capacity of your thigh muscles as well as your biceps and triceps.5. It helps to relieve stress and fatigue.6. Keeps your spine fit and formidable from day to day stress during routine work.Precautions:1. Avoid practicing the posture in swift movements rather go gentle and calm.2. In case of any chest congestion or chronic pains of the torso avoid doing it.3. Don’t overstretch the neck or even continue stretching further as it is not required.YOGA TTC IN RISHIKESHSanskar Yogashala is one of the Traditional  Yoga School in Rishikesh India which masters in certified courses of 100 Hours Yoga Teacher Training Course in Rishikesh India, 200 Hours Yoga Teacher Training Course in Rishikesh India, 300 hours Yoga Teacher Training Course in Rishikesh India and 500 hours Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh India.Sanskar Yogashala offers certified Traditional Hatha Yoga TTC in Rishikesh India, Ashtanga Yoga TTC in Rishikesh and Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Course in Rishikesh India.Join now Best Yoga Teacher Training Course in Rishikesh India.Yoga Teacher Training Course in Rishikesh India  OverviewYoga Anatomy & PhysiologyComprehensive & deep study of postures anatomy, movements and the key systems of the body. Learn how the body parts work and apply this knowledge for safe and effective practice and teaching.Mastering The Asanas (Postures)Course includes deep practice of asanas (Postures) Ashtanga Yoga/ vinyasa flow as well as its theory. Students are also provided a separate class on alignment- adjustment- teaching methodology as these are part of the training, this class given enough time to students to interact with their teachers and finding out the answers of their questions.Yoga PhilosophyYoga philosophy in Sanskrit called yoga darshan which means guiding students through philosophy of life with the help of ancient yoga texts to the aim of yoga. 200 Hour Course at Sanskar Yogashala yoga school imparts teachings of the mystic sage Patanjali’s ‘Patanjali yoga sutras’ which teaches students to learn how to live appropriate life.Meditation & Mantra ChantingMantras – Sound vibrations that permeate every cell of your being and allow your mind to dissolve and repose. 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If the prana level is high and its flow is continuous, smooth and steady, the mind remains calm, positive and enthusiastic.AyurvedaAyurveda is ancient knowledge that indicates the very measure of life, advising on the appropriate and inappropriate, happy and sorrowful conditions of living, and recommending practices auspicious for longevity.Join Our Upcoming Traditional Yoga Courses in Rishikesh IndiaYoga TTC in Rishikesh IndiaYoga School in Rishikesh IndiaYoga Teacher Training Course in Rishikesh IndiaKundalini Yoga Teacher Training Course in Rishikesh IndiaFor Queries:Visit: https://sanskaryogashala.comEmail: sanskaryogshala@gmail.comCall/WhatsApp : +91-9736746496#sanskaryogashala#yogainrishikesh#yogawithnaveen#ashramlife#traditionalyoga

Bhagavad Gita Verse 6.17
 Dhwani Shah  
 16 January 2020  

Yoga - In Gita Verse 6.17 He who is regulated in his habits of eating, sleeping, recreation and work can mitigate all material pains by practicing the yoga system.Krishna says by practicing the Yoga you can regulate all the habits and that will reduce all your suffering. He is speaking about the scientific approach for growing into consciousness. As Yoga is a scientific approach towards yourself, towards your subjectivity.Yoga is a simple science. It is neither theistic nor atheistic. Patanjali really is superb, a miracle of a man. He never talks about God. And even if he mentions God once, then too he says it is just one of the methods to reach the ultimate; there is no God. To believe in God is just a technique, because through your believing in God prayer becomes possible; through your believing in God surrender becomes possible. The significance is of surrender and prayer, not of God.Patanjali is really unbelievable! He said God – the belief of God, the concept of God – is also one of the methods, in many methods, to reach the truth. Ishwara pranidhan: to believe in God is just a path. But it is not a necessity; you can choose something else. Buddha reaches that ultimate reality without believing in God. He chooses a different path where God is not needed.You have come to my house and you have passed through a certain street. That street was not the goal; it was just instrumental. You could have reached the same house through some other street; others have reached through other streets. On your street there may be green trees, big trees; on other streets there are not. So God is just one path. Remember the distinction: God is not the goal, God is just one of the paths.Patanjali never denies; he never assumes. He is absolutely scientific. It is difficult for Christians to think how Buddha could attain the ultimate truth because he never believed in God. It is difficult for Hindus to believe how Mahavira could attain liberation; he never believed in God. Patanjali is absolutely scientific. He says we are not related with means; there are a thousand and one means. The goal is the truth. Some have achieved it through God, so it is okay – believe in God and achieve the goal, because when the goal is achieved you will throw your belief. So belief is just instrumental. If you don’t believe, it is okay; don’t believe, travel the path of belief-lessness, and reach the goal. He is neither theist nor atheist. He is not creating a religion, he is simply showing you all the paths that are possible and all the laws that work in your transformation. God is one of those paths; it is not a must. If you are godless, there is no need to be non-religious. Patanjali says you can also reach – be godless; don’t bother about God. These are the laws and these are the experiments; this is the meditation – pass through it. He does not insist on any concept. It was very difficult. That’s why the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are rare, unique. Such a book has never happened before and there is no possibility again, because whatsoever can be written about Yoga he has written; he has left nothing. No one can add anything to it. Never in the future will there be any possibility to create another work like Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. He has finished the job completely, and he could do this so totally because he is not partial. If he were partial, then he could not do it so totally.  Why Krishna is explaining through Yoga as Patanjali is not partial. He is less concerned with you, more concerned with the past designs of the path. He will not use a lie; he will not use a device; he will not compromise with you. No scientist can compromise.Patanjali will not compromise with you. Whatsoever is the fact, he will talk about the fact. He will not descend a single step to meet you; he is absolutely uncompromising. Science has to be. Science cannot compromise; otherwise it will become a religion itself.Yoga has simple science to regulated the habits of eating, sleeping, recreation and work can mitigate all material pains.

Bhagavad Gita Verse 6.18
 Dhwani Shah  
 17 January 2020  

Science Of Union - In Gita Verse 6.18 When the yogī, by practice of yoga, disciplines his mental activities and becomes situated in transcendence – devoid of all material desires – he is said to be well established in yoga.Krishna says that if you practice eight-fold of Yoga step by step you will be able to transcend all the mental activity and go into Meditation.Yoga means union, the science of union. Meditation is the most supreme phenomenon as far as union with reality is concerned. Meditation is the god of yoga. But yoga has fallen into the wrong hands, and not only recently – for centuries it has been in the wrong hands.The original fault must be with the founder, Patanjali himself. Patanjali has divided yoga into eight parts. His division is clear-cut, very scientific, but he was not really aware of human stupidity. He started with the body – and that's the right way to start. The first part of yoga must be physiological because man lives on the circumference, in the body, so the work has to start there, only then can it reach the mind. And when one has gone beyond the body and beyond the mind, then the third, meditation, happens.So according to Patanjali the first part belongs to the body. But he was not clearly aware that millions of people would remain entangled with the first part. Hence yoga has become synonymous with yoga postures: people standing on their heads and doing all sorts of contortions. That has become synonymous with yoga.It is not a true yoga, it is just the preface, the introductory part; and the person who thinks the introduction is the whole book is idiotic. But Patanjali did not warn people. If he had warned people it would have been better. People like Patanjali believe in others’ intelligence – which is not there! They trust. Their trust is immense, their trust is as immense as people’s stupidity is! They respect people's intelligence. So he did not warn people, but the warning was absolutely necessary: ‘Don't get entangled in the physiological part.’A few people, only very few – if a hundred people become interested in yoga then only one person will get out of the physiological entanglement. And that one person will become entangled in the psychological. If a hundred persons are entangled in the psychological then only one person gets out of it...and only when you get out of the mind does the real yoga begin.The physiological part of yoga will give you great physiological powers; it can make you live a really long, healthy life. But what are you going to do with a long life? If you are idiotic, instead of being idiotic for seventy years you will be idiotic for two hundred years. It is not going to help anybody; it will be a calamity.Yoga can make a person live long, but what will you do? That physiological part should not be paid so much attention. Yes, a little bit is good to keep physically fit, but just a little bit; otherwise it is a vast jungle. One can be lost in its subtleties, in its complexities.The second part is even vaster than the physiological. If you get into it you can have many psychic powers, you can read people's thoughts. But what is the point? Your own rubbish is so much, what is the point of reading somebody else's rubbish? He is tortured by his rubbish and you are reading his thoughts – and you think you are doing something great!The real thing is to get rid of thoughts, not to read them.The physiological part is ordinary, the psychological part is ordinary. Both can give power, but power is not the goal of meditation. Power is politics, all kinds of power is politics. And power corrupts – all kinds of power – it corrupts unconditionally and absolutely. It always corrupts.The real core of all religion, of all yoga, of all methods of search, is meditation. One should put aside everything non-essential. You can use things as stepping stones, but not more than that – just like jumping boards. You need not bother too much about them. Your whole concern should be one-pointed; you should move like an arrow towards meditation. Only then in this small life, with so little time, power and energy available and with so many problems surrounding you, can you hope that the arrow will reach the target.Krishna says that without getting entangled into physiological and psychological part of the yoga move into meditation. Physiological and psychological part of yoga is preparation and stepping stone for meditation. The moment you know something of meditation – not about it, but the very taste of it – a great release comes. a great relief comes. Suddenly all tensions disappear: anxieties, anguishes, are found no more. Even if you want them just for a change, you cannot find them.Once you have tasted meditation it is impossible for you to be in any misery. Bliss becomes inevitable, a natural showering, and it goes on showering like flowers showering from the sky.

Bhagavad Gita Verse 6.20-23
 Dhwani Shah  
 19 January 2020  

Single Stream - In Gita Verse 6.20-23 In the stage of perfection called trance, or samādhi, one’s mind is completely restrained from material mental activities by practice of yoga. This perfection is characterized by one’s ability to see the Self by the pure mind and to relish and rejoice in the Self. In that joyous state, one is situated in boundless transcendental happiness, realized through transcendental senses. Established thus, one never departs from the truth, and upon gaining this he thinks there is no greater gain. Being situated in such a position, one is never shaken, even in the midst of greatest difficulty. This indeed is actual freedom from all miseries arising from material contact.When Krishna says - Samadhi is the ultimate state when all desires disappear, all thoughts disappear, the whole mind disappears. You are in a state of no-mind.Buddha even uses the word right for samadhi. That has to be understood. He says: “right realization of truth.” One wonders, can there be wrong realization of truth? Buddha says yes. Samadhi is the ultimate state when all desires disappear, all thoughts disappear, the whole mind disappears. You are in a state of no-mind. But this can happen in two ways.You can fall into a deep sleep, so deep that there are no longer even dreams – the mind has disappeared. In deep sleep there is no desire, there is no mind, no thought. But this is not samadhi – this is coma!Many people – in India particularly – go into such a coma, and they think they are in samadhi. For hours together they become unconscious. It is a kind of hysterical fit. You can see their faces, their mouths foaming. You can see the quality of their being. They are just lying down like corpses; they are not radiating. You will not see any joy around them, just a negative kind of emptiness. But they are thought to be great saints.Buddha says this is a wrong kind of meditation and a wrong kind of samadhi. Right samadhi means you have to be without mind, fully awake; in wakefulness, thoughts have to disappear. It is easy to fall asleep, to fall into a deep coma, in a kind of hysterical fit and be without mind; but that is falling below mind not transcending mind. Right samadhi is a transcendence: you go beyond mind, but you are fully alert, aware. Only then is samadhi right – when it grows in awareness and when awareness grows through it. When you become enlightened you have to be absolutely awakened; otherwise you missed at the last step.Samadhi is something that comes after assimilation to one who has attuned his mind with the supreme statements like Tattvamasi, “That art thou,” Aham brahmasmi, “I am brahman,” Soham, “I am that.” One whose mind and behavior have become expressions of these statements, one in whose movements there is the melody of “That art thou,” one in whose movements there is the gesture and the indication that he is moving in tune with brahman – such a person is able to attain to samadhi.When the meditator and meditation are both lost, only the meditated-upon, the goal, remains – this is samadhi.Let us understand this. There are three words: meditator, meditation and the meditated-upon – the goal. For example, “That art thou” is the goal, the meditated-upon. We are trying to grasp this supreme statement; this is the goal. This is worth achieving, only this is worth achieving. This is the goal, this is the final destination. Then “I,” the meditator, is the one who is thinking of this aim, is the one who is contemplating this aim, who is longing for this aim, who is thirsty for this aim; who is eager to attain this goal… This is “I”, the meditator – the consciousness moving toward the goal. And when the meditator runs toward this goal, when all other running ceases and only this running of the consciousness toward this goal remains, this is called meditation.Krishna says when all streams of consciousness begin flowing toward the goal, united, and do not flow separately in dozens of streams any longer; when they are integrated into one; when consciousness becomes a single stream and begins flowing toward the goal, constantly – flying straight like an arrow – this flowing consciousness is called meditation, Samadhi.Samadhi – the Upanishad says that when the meditation drowns in the goal leaving not even a trace of life energy behind, when the meditator’s total energy and total consciousness becomes one with the goal, the moment comes when the meditator is not even aware that “I am.” A moment comes when the meditator is not even aware that meditation is, that only Tattvamasi, only the goal, remains. That state is called samadhi, when not the three – the meditator, the meditation and the meditated-upon – when not three but only one remains.